Murray optimistic after 'best two days' of training
[ESPN News, 8 Jan]
Andy Murray has not ruled out winning the Australian Open, saying "stranger things have happened".
Just days ago, Murray seemingly dismissed his chances of victory in Melbourne at a competition in which he has reached the final in three of the last four years.
But speaking at his training camp for the opening grand slam of the season, the Wimbledon champion - six months on from that famous victory at SW19 - says he is feeling back to his best following back surgery which ruled him out of the final four months of 2013.
"The last two days have been the best since the surgery by far," he told The Times. "The best practice sessions, best sets, best I've felt on the court, best I've hit the ball.
"Six days before a slam, I'm used to feeling like if I've a couple of bad practices I'm going to be fine because I've played a lot of matches and prepared well.
"Now this week is very important if I want to have a chance of winning here. Stranger things have happened. I'm playing well now and moving properly, which is a really good sign.
"I'm playing a match on Friday [against Lleyton Hewitt, who beat Roger Federer to the Brisbane title on Sunday] in an exhibition and two or three more good practices on top of that will make a big difference." Full article