Andy Murray was delighted about the return of US Open, but admits it's weird to enter a major, knowing he has no chance



Andy Murray admitted that he can not handle a serious US Open challenge and says it feels strange to go into a Grand Slam without believing he can win.

But the number one of the Scottish old world is convinced that he can go back to a level where he again competes for big titles, while he looks forward to leaving his injury hell behind him.

Murray is ready for a return to Grand Slam action for the first time in 14 months, when he records the Australian James Duckworth on Vlissingen Meadows on Monday.

Murray spent more than a decade of his tennis career trying to compete with the very best, but knows that is an unrealistic goal in New York after more than a year after hip surgery.


The 31-year-old, who won his first protagonist at the US Open in 2012 for adding two Wimbledon titles, said: "It's important to be back in a Grand Slam.

"These are the tournaments of the last 10, 11 years of my life that I have dedicated all my workouts and off season to play at these events.

"Missing them is difficult and coming back is great, but it feels slightly different because I have been preparing for the last 10 or 11 years to try and win the event that I think is unrealistic this year.

"It's a slightly different mentality than I've had in the last 10, 11 years of my life, so it feels a bit weird.

"I try to deal with the situation I've been in as well as possible, but I do feel that my body is in order again – which takes time if you have not played any matches in a year – I'm sure my level will be in order to ensure that I am at the top of the game again. "


Murray, who has not been sown for the first time since Wimbledon 2006, got a favorable first round against Aussie Duckworth who only made the main table to replace the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But it will only become more difficult for the Scot when he tests his body in best of five play for the first time since losing last year's Wimbledon to quarter-final for Sam Querrey.

When Murray conquers Duckworth, he faces the winner of the all-Spanish battle between Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco and the victory there would put him on a possible third round of collision with 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

The Dunblane-ace only played seven games since his hip operation in January with the most recent disappointing first round against Lucas Pouille at Cincinnati Masters.

But Murray fought against three victories in Washington, where he succumbed to tears after his third victory over Romanian Marius Copil.


Murray pulled out of his quarter-final draw after the hardships of that bout, which ended in the early hours of the morning, and admitted his emotional reaction as he cried in his towel took him by surprise.

He said: "During the game I did not expect to feel like that at the end, but it was just very emotional for a lot of different reasons.

"It was an extremely long day and a very long tough race, I had a lot of ups and downs, but I managed to get through it.

"I was physically tired, my body was sore, I had not been in that kind of competition or position for a long time, it was a combination of a lot of things, I would assume.

"I did not play a best-of-five game, so I'll have to see if my body is ready, because you do not know before you really are and do it.

"I played a few long games in Washington and they were all two and a half hours and a three-hour game and I had three in four days.

"The advantage of the Grand Slams is that I have the free day to recover, which will help me." My expectations are to do my best in the races and if I do, my tennis will hopefully get better.

Murray during a practice session

"It's a bit difficult to predict exactly how you're going and how far you'll go in the event, but my tennis is getting better and I just have to be more consistent on the job until the end of the year."

Murray held his US Open preview press conference at the center of the newly-concealed Louis Armstrong Stadium with fans who were invited to attend.

It is the 50th anniversary of the tournament and for the Scotsman it is a stage in which he experienced some of his best career moments with his epic last victory in 2012 on Novak Djokovic, eight years after his junior triumph as 17-year-old.

Murray, who left on the eve of last year's tournament, said: "I have great memories of New York in general, from juniors to my first Slam final, and then I won my first Grand Slam here.

"I have a lot of good memories and I'm happy to be able to compete here again, it was hard to miss it last year, I was pretty upset at the time, so I'm very happy to be back and I'll be there as much as possible of trying to enjoy. "

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Andy Murray was delighted about the return of US Open, but admits it's weird to enter a major, knowing he has no chance



Andy Murray admitted that he can not handle a serious US Open challenge and says it feels strange to go into a Grand Slam without believing he can win.

But the number one of the Scottish old world is convinced that he can go back to a level where he again competes for big titles, while he looks forward to leaving his injury hell behind him.

Murray is ready for a return to Grand Slam action for the first time in 14 months, when he records the Australian James Duckworth on Vlissingen Meadows on Monday.

Murray spent more than a decade of his tennis career trying to compete with the very best, but knows that is an unrealistic goal in New York after more than a year after hip surgery.


The 31-year-old, who won his first protagonist at the US Open in 2012 for adding two Wimbledon titles, said: "It's important to be back in a Grand Slam.

"These are the tournaments of the last 10, 11 years of my life that I have dedicated all my workouts and off season to play at these events.

"Missing them is difficult and coming back is great, but it feels slightly different because I have been preparing for the last 10 or 11 years to try and win the event that I think is unrealistic this year.

"It's a slightly different mentality than I've had in the last 10, 11 years of my life, so it feels a bit weird.

"I try to deal with the situation I've been in as well as possible, but I do feel that my body is in order again – which takes time if you have not played any matches in a year – I'm sure my level will be in order to ensure that I am at the top of the game again. "


Murray, who has not been sown for the first time since Wimbledon 2006, got a favorable first round against Aussie Duckworth who only made the main table to replace the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But it will only become more difficult for the Scot when he tests his body in best of five play for the first time since losing last year's Wimbledon to quarter-final for Sam Querrey.

When Murray conquers Duckworth, he faces the winner of the all-Spanish battle between Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco and the victory there would put him on a possible third round of collision with 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

The Dunblane-ace only played seven games since his hip operation in January with the most recent disappointing first round against Lucas Pouille at Cincinnati Masters.

But Murray fought against three victories in Washington, where he succumbed to tears after his third victory over Romanian Marius Copil.


Murray pulled out of his quarter-final draw after the hardships of that bout, which ended in the early hours of the morning, and admitted his emotional reaction as he cried in his towel took him by surprise.

He said: "During the game I did not expect to feel like that at the end, but it was just very emotional for a lot of different reasons.

"It was an extremely long day and a very long tough race, I had a lot of ups and downs, but I managed to get through it.

"I was physically tired, my body was sore, I had not been in that kind of competition or position for a long time, it was a combination of a lot of things, I would assume.

"I did not play a best-of-five game, so I'll have to see if my body is ready, because you do not know before you really are and do it.

"I played a few long games in Washington and they were all two and a half hours and a three-hour game and I had three in four days.

"The advantage of the Grand Slams is that I have the free day to recover, which will help me." My expectations are to do my best in the races and if I do, my tennis will hopefully get better.

Murray during a practice session

"It's a bit difficult to predict exactly how you're going and how far you'll go in the event, but my tennis is getting better and I just have to be more consistent on the job until the end of the year."

Murray held his US Open preview press conference at the center of the newly-concealed Louis Armstrong Stadium with fans who were invited to attend.

It is the 50th anniversary of the tournament and for the Scotsman it is a stage in which he experienced some of his best career moments with his epic last victory in 2012 on Novak Djokovic, eight years after his junior triumph as 17-year-old.

Murray, who left on the eve of last year's tournament, said: "I have great memories of New York in general, from juniors to my first Slam final, and then I won my first Grand Slam here.

"I have a lot of good memories and I'm happy to be able to compete here again, it was hard to miss it last year, I was pretty upset at the time, so I'm very happy to be back and I'll be there as much as possible of trying to enjoy. "

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