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Murray hoping for home comforts in Miami

Posted 03-27-2013 at 03:59 PM by Philip Oliver
World number three Andy Murray hopes his knowledge of Miami can help him get his season back on track at the upcoming Sony Open.

The 25-year-old took a long break following his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final but the decision did not have the desired effect as he struggled to get going at Indian Wells. He eventually fell in the last eight to Juan Martin del Potro.

Murray has an immediate opportunity to right the wrongs of the BNP Paribas Open at the second ATP Masters 1000 event of the season in Florida.
The US Open champion has an apartment in the state and has used Miami as a training base in recent years. He is determined to lift his game in a familiar place and improve on his performance in California.

"I would hope by Miami I should be playing much better than I did last week. I obviously know the conditions well there, I practice there regularly. I'm comfortable in Miami," Murray told tennis betting news reporters.

Murray will begin his bid for a second Sony Open title against emerging Australian talent Bernard Tomic or a qualifier in round two later this week.

He will benefit from the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have decided to sit the event out, and most sports betting news writers think he should at least make the final.

The Scot has once again praised coach Ivan Lendl in the build-up to the tournament. He said the Czech's experience is invaluable when things are not going so well.

"When I spoke to him after my last match and I wasn't happy with the way I played, he's very much 'don't worry about it, you can't expect to play perfect after taking a break like that'," Murray added.

However, like Murray, Lendl will demand an improved showing in Miami.
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