• Murray defends his long tennis break

    3/20/13 11:34 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray defends his long tennis break Andy Murray doesn't start at the Miami Masters until the end of the week at earliest, but the Scot is already patting himself on the back for the long break he took after losing the Melbourne final to Novak Djokovic.

    The pause of five weeks allowed the No. 3 to let his wounds heal as well as giving him the chance to train with coach Ivan Lendl in Miami. While Murray went down in the Indian Wells quarter-finals to Juan Martin Del Potro, the performance was better than his opening loss in California at the previous two editions.

    In retrospect, Murray would not have changed a thing in his scheduling. “A hundred per cent I would take that break again,” he told Scottish media. “You have to look further down the road sometimes and not just focus on one event.

    "The tour is extremely hard and physical and I hope by taking a break now – I wasn’t expecting to play perfect tennis this week or play my best – when I get to French Open, Wimbledon time, hopefully I’ll be a bit fresher than I have been the past few years.”

    Murray has a Miami final (he lost to Djokovic a year ago) to defend at an event missing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal due to training and rest respectively. He can stay at his flat in the city and almost feel at home on the grounds of Crandon Park where he trains each December in the close season, while working in Florida heat and humidity also gives him the edge in dealing with tournament conditions.

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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