10/4/12 12:29 AM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray stepped onto the court in Tokyo for his first match since becoming a title-winner at a major, with the Scot producing a feel-good opening victory at the Japan Open in Tokyo.
The top seed admitted that it might take some time for his new elite tennis status to sink in after claiming both the Olympic gold medal and the US Open crown.
For right now, it's business as usual for the world No. 3, who won three straight titles last autumn during a torrid run of form through Asia. "It doesn't feel much different as I play now," said Murray after beating Ivo Karlovic.
"When you are playing a guy as tough as Karlovic, you have to concentrate on the match at hand. I played well when I had to, especially on passing shots. It's been a few weeks since I played, and the thing I need now is matches.
"I hope that when I'm playing the next Grand Slam, it will mean something to me that I won the last one. I have a responsibility to myself even more now."
Murray will play only two Asian events this month, going onto Shanghai after this week in Japan. He and Novak Djokovic are chasing Roger Federer, who leads the rankings at No. 1 thanks to six titles so far in 2012.
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