Murray focused on more grand slam success

Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:19am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Achieving a lifetime goal can leave some players content but may also blight their ambition. For Andy Murray, however, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Scot's victory at the U.S. Open last September came on the back of his Olympic triumph the previous month and was the fulfillment of a dream.

But with the new calm that success brings showing in his improved demeanor on court, the 25-year-old is more determined than ever to add more grand slam titles to his tally, starting at the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Monday.

"The U.S. Open and the Olympics made me extremely motivated," Murray told reporters this week. "It wasn't a case of 'Oh, everything's done now'.

"It's taken a long time to get there and to win those sorts of events. I know the feeling when you do win them now and it's worth all of the work that you put in.

"In the past, there were loads and loads of questions. I wasn't physically strong enough. I wasn't mentally strong enough. I didn't listen to my coaches. I was spoilt.

"Whatever it was, none of that really bothers me anymore. I'm just looking for ways to keep improving."

The next chapter begins on Monday when Murray bids to become the first man in the Open era to follow up his first grand slam title by winning the very next one.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain serves during a practice session at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne