Murray ready for US mission

The Scot played a leading role for Great Britain in last weekend’s triumph over the USA, securing singles wins over Donald Young and John Isner to book the team’s place in the quarter-finals.

He turns attention back to his singles career this week and will be targeting the latter stages in California after sliding behind Kei Nishikori in the world rankings.

Murray admits the atmosphere will be far removed from his raucous matches in Glasgow, but is pleased with his form ahead of Saturday’s opening clash with Vasek Pospisil. ??

“It can have an effect both ways,” he told Sky Sports. “It was such an amazing experience.

“I love this tournament, it’s a great event, but when you are playing in front of 7,500 who are right behind you… here there might only a thousand or so people, it’s a much more reserved, calm atmosphere and it can have the opposite effect.

“It’s my job to use it in the right way, use that positive energy. The level that I played at there, I was very happy with and I’ll try to keep that up here.”

Murray made a stuttering start to the previous year after recovering from back surgery, but the world No 5 began 2015 impressively, battling through to the Australian Open final.

Free of any lingering fitness problems, Murray is much more optimistic about the season ahead.

“I feel like my back is much, much better now,” he said. “I’m feeling physically a lot stronger than I did at this time last year.

“I definitely played some of my best tennis again in Australia and I need to carry it through in the next few weeks here.” ????

Djokovic, who defeated Murray in Melbourne, is a possible semi-final opponent, but the Brit is refusing to look past Pospisil. ??

“I just need to try and do all the right things, not take any matches for granted and get myself prepared for a tough first match.”

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