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Calm before the storm for Murray


Andy Murray settles into life in the sleepy retirement resort of Indian Wells in California, where the first Masters Series event of the year starts on Friday, he could not be further removed from the bright lights and seedy tat of Las Vegas, his place of work last week.

In Las Vegas every known temptation is available 24/7, in Indian Wells it is impossible to buy a cup of coffee after 10pm because all the locals are asleep in bed.

While the tournament may not attract many of the world's media, the main men on the ATP Tour are all headed this way. They want to take a look at the new kid on the block and see what he has learnt since winning his first title in San Jose three weeks ago.

As all eyes focus on Murray, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal know that it is the outside pressures that can make or break the new young talent coming through the ranks. And coming from Britain, a country desperate for success in SW19, Murray faces a rougher ride than most.

- Full Story (telegraph.co.uk)

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When you're the sole flag bearer, it's an enormous weight on his shoulders, especially at Wimbledon," Courier warned. "The pressure he faces on the tour right now is probably greater than any male player. But that pressure isn't crushing unless Andy allows it to be.''

Murray's stay in the desert over the next two weeks and his trip to Miami after that are his last chances to enjoy life as just "that Scottish guy" before he returns to Europe to face the full brunt of everyone expectations.

But as everyone discovered in San Jose, Murray without pressure is a force to be reckoned with.

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I don't think Andy will let the pressure get to him, he's too smart.

Yes I know there was the incident with the press in Australia, but I reckon he's learnt from that.
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