Reuters - Sun, 21 Feb 17:50:00 2010
A healthy body and a healthy mind have become the priorities for tennis world number four Andy Murray.
"I need to make sure that I'm fresh going into all the tournaments that I play," said Murray, who is playing this week for the first time since losing to Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open on January 31.
"I don't want to be going over to Indian Wells, Miami with niggles. By the end of that month you're undoubtedly going to be hurting so you don't want to go into the tournaments already sore," Murray added.
"So I need to make sure that I take enough time after, like in Australia. I need to make sure that I'm fresh. My back was sore, my knee was hurting, my hip. After Australia you need to make sure that you got those things right.
"A lot of it is through tiredness, but the sport is such a physical one. Your body takes such a pounding and over the course of the two weeks you're hitting, playing, doing all this stuff (interviews) as well. I'm not complaining about it, but it does take away some energy.
"You need to make sure you get away from it and just refresh your mind and come back feeling right for all the tournaments," added the 22-year-old Scot.
"That's the difference, the change that I've made in my mentality over the last six months or so. I want to go into all of the slams feeling right, because last year that wasn't the case. And I don't want that to happen again."
Murray, seeded third, plays Russian qualifier Igor Kunitsyn in the first round on Monday, and has avoided a potential semi-final with Federer after the top seed withdrew with a lung infection.
Murray said he had his eye on the world number one ranking.
"If I can perform like I did in Australia in all of the slams there's a good chance my ranking will move up. I've been as high as number two. I would like to try to go higher than that.
"Obviously you need to be consistent the rest of the year, but you need to perform well in all of the slams because Roger and Rafa (Nadal) have been making the semis and winning slams for so long, and the points there are so huge, that you need to play well in every single slam to have a chance of doing that."