World number three Andy Murray says he does “feel more relaxed” ahead of the Australian Open which will be the first major he enters as a grand slam winner.
The US Open champion, who will be the third seed in Melbourne, won the Brisbane International on Sunday with a 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray broke his major drought after three losing finals, with a triumph over Novak Djokovic at last year’s US Open and he admitted that was a weight of his shoulders heading into the Australian Open.
“I do feel more relaxed one week out from slam than I have done previously, that’s for sure, so I hope that’s a good sign,” Murray said.
“But I won’t know until I get on the court how I will be, if I’ll be extremely nervous or a little bit more relaxed. Nerves are a good thing, shows you care.”
Meanwhile, Murray also praised the impact of coach Ivan Lendl, who has teamed up with him for the past 12 months.
“He tries to keep things fairly simple and not overcomplicate things,” Murray said.
“That’s something that I think especially at the beginning of my career I struggled with was having a lot of variety and not knowing how to use it.”