As preparation for the US Open is well underway, world number two Andy Murray has kept his feet firmly on the ground after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal last week.
However, before beating Djokovic for another ATP tour title, Murray suffered a first round defeat to Teymuraz Gabashvili at the Citi Open.
Whether or not he feels his preparation for the upcoming slam in New York is on course, the Scot explains that he can’t really tell yet as the only thing on his mind is to improve.
"It's hard to say. I lost in the first round of a tournament last week in a match many probably weren’t expecting me to lose," he told tennisworldusa.org.
"Things can get better very quickly and they can get worse very quickly in sport, so it’s important to analyse what went well this week and things I can still improve on."
The 28-year-old also managed to become the second man to secure his place the ATP Tour Finals, which is set to take place in November at the 02 Arena in London.
On qualifying early for the ATP Tour Finals, Murray says that it will definitely open up his schedule so that he can prepare much better than the year before.
"It's good," he added. "Obviously to do it with a long time to spare is nice. It's very different to last year, when I ended up playing six tournaments in six weeks to make it. I was very tired by the time I got there. So hopefully I’ll be able to prepare a little better this year. I always enjoy playing there."
After two years Murray finally regained his number two ranking but states that he won’t stop until he takes the number one spot.
"It's good to get back close to the top. I’ll keep working hard and try to get that one spot higher," said the 2012 US Open champion.