While the stars are currently aligned for Roger Federer to steal the show in New York, British No. 1 Andy Murray is confident he will be able to make his mark on the 2014 US Open.
“I feel good,” said Murray. “I have had a great practice week, had good fun on the court, enjoyed it and worked hard. I have had enough time on the courts now to prepare. So to get underway on Monday is good…I’m happy. I feel ready to start the tournament. We’ll see what happens when we get underway.”
Following a quarter-final showing in Toronto, where he lost to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray had a good week in Cincinnati before he lost 6-3, 7-5 to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. It was not a straightforward match, as the Scot held a 4-1 lead in the second set before allowing Federer to win 5 of the next 6 games en route to securing the win. It was a baffling conclusion to the match but he is happy to have gotten this stern test ahead of the season’s final Grand Slam event.
Murray’s loss was even more surprising considering his fantastic showing against American No. 1 John Isner in the third round of the tournament.
“I think one of the most important things in sport is to not be too hard on yourself after matches, to be able to move on,” added Murray, referring to his defeats to Tsonga and Federer. “I was obviously not happy with how the matches ended. I was very disappointed. It’s something that you need to learn to be able to move forward and not be too hard on yourself. Make sure it doesn’t eat into your preparation time or any mental energy. I can’t do anything about them now. Got to look forward.”
Overall, Murray is prepared for the task at hand and believes he is physically capable of performing to the lofty standards he had set in the past.
“I got a great training block over in Miami done, so physically I’m where I would want to be. My body is pain-free, which is good. I feel ready.”
The US Open is set to begin Monday, Aug. 25. Murray is featured on the opening day of action, where he will meet Robin Haase on Louis Armstrong Stadium.