Andy Murray Is Excited For His First Grand Slam Defense
by Tom Gainey | August 13th, 2013, 9:53 am

Andy Murray was on a teleconference yesterday to preview the Western and Southern and the US Open where he won his first career Grand Slam title last year. The Scot, who also added Wimbledon to his trophy case last month, sounds excited to begin his first Grand Slam title defense in two weeks.

“For me it’s obviously going to be a different experience playing in a Grand Slam when you are defending champion,” Murray said looking ahead to New York. “I’ve never been through that before, so I am excited about that. I’ll be interested to see how I respond. I would hope I would respond well to it, but it’s something new, so I can’t guarantee that.

“Obviously I work hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for all of the Slams, and yeah, I mean, to go back to New York and have a good one there and put myself in a position to challenge for the title, that’s what I want to do, and it would be a good way to finish the year.”

Murray, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon, won Cincinnati in 2011 and 2008 beating Novak Djokovic both times. Murray will face the Ernests Gulbis-Mikhail Youzhny winner in the second round. Last year he was surprised by Jeremy Chardy in the third round.

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9 Comments for Andy Murray Is Excited For His First Grand Slam Defense

SG1 Says:

Didn’t Murray lose to Gulbis in Montreal last week?

RZ Says:

Yes. I think he’ll do better against him this week.

Faleye o kehinde Says:

Andy is not all that consistence but he might do well in USO as the defending champion

RZ Says:

So much for the Murray-Gulbis rematch. Gulbis lost to Youzhny.

Michael Says:

Let Andy first concentrate on Cincinnati.

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

This is indeed unfamiliar teritory now for Andy,for the 1st time in his career having to try to defend a GS,im sure a good run at Cincy will stand him in good stead ahead of the USO,although not the end of the world should he not take the title,just to get some more HC matches under his belt.

josh Says:

Andy needs to focus on Cincinnati first. Can he win the USO? Depends, if Rafa’s knees hold up, I think he may be the one to beat. He’s hungry and will play with nothing to lose. Djoker just seems mentally out of it right now, so I’m not confident he’ll make the finals.

Nadalista Says:

Vamos Muzza!

No drama, please…..

Steve 27 Says:

His focus always be the Open. No surprise here!

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