British number one Andy Murray says he feels refreshed after his break from action and is ready to make his mark at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
The 25-year-old has not featured on the circuit since his painful defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. He based himself in Miami ahead of the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season.
Murray will face either Tatsuma Ito of Japan or Russia's Evgeny Donskoy in the second round on Sunday, five weeks on from his last appearance in Melbourne. He believes the decision to take time out will have a positive effect on this game.
"I've done well before when I've taken five weeks off after Wimbledon and then come back in Canada leading towards the US Open. I think ultimately it will help me preserve my body and it should lengthen my career. I feel pretty good right now," Murray said.
The Scot reached the final of the Indian Wells event in 2009 but has struggled since, falling at the first hurdle on his previous two visits. He is determined to improve on those performances as he looks to push his major rivals all the way.
"It's quite simple – I've just got to play better than I have done here in the last two years at this event. If I'm not playing well in my first match I've got to hustle, chase down lots of balls and find some rhythm," the US Open champion added.
"We'll have to wait and see but I played well here when I was younger and I like the conditions."
The tournament will mark the first time the 'big four' have featured at the same event since Wimbledon last summer, with Murray facing the prospect of a last-four tie against Djokovic.
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