The first Masters 1000 event of 2011 is upon us as Andy Murray, and the rest of us, hope he is close to the form that saw him reach the final in Melbourne. UPDATE - 11/03: Murray's comments
I feel good. I played a lot of practice (in Miami) so I am not that rusty.
I have been practising many different things (but) I want to keep it between myself and the people I work with.
It was good for me to get away from tennis for a while. Now the focus is on winning grand slams.
I have been thinking a lot about the future and not about the past. It has been a huge benefit for me. I am focusing more on the future now.
Murray’s draw looks to be straightforward with a match against Italian Potito Starace or a qualifier. After that, a chance to beat 25th Tommy Robredo, Mischa Zverev or another qualifier to face a likely match with Fernando Verdasco or Sam Querrey, who are the seeds in that section.
Looking ahead to the quarter-finals, Murray might get his chance to avenge last year’s quarter-final defeat to Robin Soderling. Although other threats he might face are Juan Martin Del Potro, who is returning to form, or the unorthodox Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Murray’s potential path to the final:
R1 > ByeView the full draw
2R > Starace/Q
3R > Robredo/Zverev/Q
4R > Querrey/Verdasco
QF > Soderling/Dolgopolov/Del Potro
SF > Nadal/Ferrer
Once again the Murrays team up in the doubles, where the draw will be made later in the week. This will be Jamie’s first Masters 1000 event since Miami almost two years ago.