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Andy, ahead of the Australian Open has expressed his desire to go one better than in previous years. Speaking exclusively Andy said ”I’ve performed consistently here and made the final three times, but I’m aiming to go one better this year.”
Reflecting on his most recent triumph at the Brisbane International Andy was thrilled to have started the season off with a win, truthfully expressing, “The win in Brisbane was a great start to the year. I didn’t always play my best tennis, but I found a way to win and I was pleased with how I performed on the big points.”
Andy also admitted he loves the Australian Open atmosphere “I always love coming out to Australia, it’s a great slam and all the players love it, it has a laid back atmosphere, and it definitely beats the weather back home!” despite his joy and avoiding the harsh British winter Andy admitted “Having said that, it can hit 40 degrees during the day, so fitness and recovery definitely play a big part.” Undeterred, Andy seemed confident that the heat wouldn’t prove problematic, paying dues to his preparation he said “I’ve put myself in the best position I can to win a match, I’ve left no stone unturned, my preparation over the last few months has gone really well.”
Despite the intense training and preparation, Andy reassured everyone there was still time for fun in the run up to a slam, referring to a recent bet between his trainer Jez Green and coach Ivan Lendl, leaving little to speculate Andy said “Look out next week for a guest appearance from Jez at one of my press conferences, I’m saying no more.”
Andy will face Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round and the Australian Open can be watched live on Eurosport.