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Murray reveals rekindled love for tennis

2017-03-09 21:39
Andy Murray (Getty)

Cape Town - World No 1 Andy Murray is feeling 'right as rain' as he prepares for a tough week of tennis at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Scot spent many years playing second fiddle to Novak Djokovic, but has been able to turn the tables on the indomitable Serb over the past few months, grabbing the top spot.

Now, a reflective Murray arrives at Indian Wells to play in an event he has never won, which is a motivating factor.

Murray revealed that now that his life off the court is settled - having married his wife and introduced their first child Sophia to the world - he is enjoying his tennis again. 

"The past few years have been great on and off the court," the three-time grand slam winner told ATP World Tour website.

"I've certainly enjoyed my wins a lot more than I did that first Wimbledon when it took me a little while to get back on track after that.

"I had my back surgery quite soon afterwards but also I felt like that was what I was playing tennis for, that my reason for playing was to win Wimbledon. 

"After that, what else was there for me? But definitely, now I've moved on from that. I play tennis predominantly for myself and my family now and I want to keep achieving as much as I can."

Top seed Murray has lucked out in terms of the draw this week, with the bottom half containing several high profile names.

Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and rising star Alexander Zverev all feature in a star-studded section. 

"It's an amazing draw...I've never seen anything like that," continued the 29-year-old.

"It's one of the toughest sections of a draw of all time. It's definitely tough on the guys in that section. It's obviously a section that ideally you'd want to be avoiding if you can."

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