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Andy Murray of Britain reacts during a practice session at the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne on Saturday. Tim Wimborne / ReutersBrit finally feels at peace after making Grand Slam breakthrough, writes Agence France-Presse.Andy Murray said on Saturday that winning the US Open has taken a massive Grand Slam monkey off his back and allowed him to relax more than ever coming into the opening major of the year in Melbourne.The Scot, 25, said the breakthrough at Flushing Meadows in 2012 eased the pressure and set him up perfectly to build on the best year of his career.”Not just Grand Slams. You know, I kind of maybe always felt like I was having to prove something every time I went on the court because I hadnt won a Slam,” he said ahead of Mondays Australian Open.”You know, even when you win a Masters Series, people still asked me about the Slams. So its nice just to kind of not have to worry about that anymore.”I think it will help me throughout the rest of the year on the tour because I just wont be worrying and thinking about the Slams all the time, I can focus on all of the events that Im entered in.”Murray started his season in perfect style by winning the Brisbane International against Grigor Dimitrov and enters the Australian Open determined to better the two runner-up spots he earned in 2010 and 2011.The Olympic champion starts the tournament as one of the favorites, alongside holder Novak Djokovic, with their task made easier by Rafael Nadals withdrawal through illness.”Im very revved up,” Murray said ahead of his opening-round clash with Dutchman Robin Haase. “I feel more relaxed than I have done the week before a Slam.”Obviously last year was by far my best year on the court. I had my first Wimbledon final, the Olympics was obviously a great experience, then my first Grand Slam after that.”I finished with my highest ranking, so there were a lot of firsts for me last year, and thats pretty important.”Working against him in Melbourne is that no first time Grand Slam winner, in the Open era, has gone on to win their next major tournament, but Murray said he wont let that stand in his way.”I have no idea how Im going to play here. I have no idea how Im going to feel when I go on the court,” he said.”I said I feel more relaxed, but I dont know, the day when I play my first match, I could be unbelievably nervous. I dont know what effect it will have on me until Im put in that situation.”But I also know how hard these events are to win. If I dont win the Australian Open, I dont think it will be down to having won the US Open.”Its down to the level of competition and how tough it is to win these events rather than what happened, you know, four or five months ago.”(China Daily 01/14/2013 page24)8.03KPhotoBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsAttacks and threats affected sporting events in historyMedical issue keeps tall teen off teamYe Shiwen in Beijing running festival Scott ends Australias Masters jinxF1 models eye-catching at Shanghai Grand PrixTeen golfer shoots 73 on 1st day at MastersAiling Messi inspires Barca to comeback against PSG More Sports NewsChampion Kipsang plots London win for KenyaBoston tragedy warning to security, says BlatterRasheed Wallace announces retirementArmstrongs samples showed steroids in 1999 – UCIDjokovic battles through pain, Nadal cruisesLondon marathon will bring people togetherMore Top NewsChinese ambassador calls for anti-terror co-opJournalist killed in construction accidentMost Chinese cities see higher home pricesChinese boat on fire in Antarctic, 97 rescuedFaster Internet to reach more parts of ChinaNZ legalizes same-sex marriageMost ViewedTodays Top NewsScores dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastDPRK lists conditions for talks64,500 have over 100m yuanFamily infected by H7N9 testedBear bile industry gets bittenXi expresses concern for Chinese victims in Boston blastsBritain stages funeral for ThatcherEditors PicksApple on sale for $980Pole dancing breaks out on subway in C China Many dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastQueen of the elderly Baby joy for star figure skating pairBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsHot TopicsCPC National Congress,Mo Yan, Bogu Kailai, Diaoyu Islands, iPhone, Yao Ming, Sun Yang, Li Na, Liu Xiang, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, rare earth, food safetySpecial CoverageFootball penalties too softChinese players shine at Australian Open Sports icons who lead a changeEuro 2012 football championshipVideoSlidePodcastPicturesFollow the AmbassadorsParis seeks to regain lusterKazakhstan Fashion Week kicks offCountdown to Venezuela vote
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