Murray unfazed by 'extremely difficult' draw in Australia

Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:27am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The draw has done few favors for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open.

Murray will be seeded sixth at the year's first grand slam starting Monday, bunched on the same half of the draw as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, and with a possible fourth round match against Bulgarian danger-man Grigor Dimitrov.

"Obviously, (a) very tough draw. Very difficult draw," the Scot told reporters.

"It's very hard to comment on it. If you have to play all of those players, obviously it's going to be extremely difficult to come through that.

"I'm aware of that. That's fine. But, yeah, often in these events, there are upsets. And then you just have to wait and see who you're playing in each round because it doesn't always work out as simply as that.

"I'm sure Rafa (Nadal) just now, if you said to him, 'Give me a semi-final spot', he'd be very happy with that coming off a tough injury.

"But it will be interesting to see how it goes. But definitely with the names you mentioned, it's very challenging."

A three-times runner-up at Melbourne Park, Murray was unable to add to his two grand slam titles in 2014 after coming back from a major back surgery and parting ways with coach Ivan Lendl.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray hits a shot during a practice session on Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha