3/8/13 11:05 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray returns to tennis after staying low-key since his Australian Open finals loss to Novak Djokovic almost two months ago.
Instead of bouncing back onto the ATP, the Scot bought a luxury hotel in his hometown as an investment, then went to his base in Miami for private training to prepare for the March hardcourt series now underway in the US.
Murray is seeded third at the Indian Wells Masters and starts along with his fellow elites in the second round after a bye. He was making an initial appearance on court in doubles with his brother Jamie.
Murray insists that his inactivity could be a bonus as he tries to win a match after losing in opening rounds in the last two editions. "Maybe in terms of not having played matches it is, but I value my fitness very highly and it’s very important for me to be properly prepared," he said. "My mind tells me it is the right thing to do.
"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.
"We’ll have to wait and see but I played well here when I was younger (he was a finalist in 2009) and I like the conditions."
He insists that long breaks have not bothered him before, though his ranking might be brittle after skipping Dubai in February where he lost the final a year ago to Roger Federer. "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."
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