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So last week turned out pretty well! It was great to be able to win at the Sony Open. The final itself was one of the toughest matches I’ve played for a while. David is a formidable opponent at the best of times and he really brought everything to that court on Sunday. He is a good friend of mine, and a great guy and always works for every point. It’s tough playing in that heat and humidity, part of the reason there were so many breaks of serve, and we were both struggling towards the end. I was just pleased that I could close the match out and gain my 26th career title.
I’ve spent the last few days having some time out to relax after a pretty intense couple of weeks of tennis, it’s good to rest and recharge ahead of the clay season. It will come as no surprise to most of you that I’ve managed to fit in a few Miami Heat games, The Heat have been on fire this season, so its always great to go and watch them. I think they have only lost 2 games in their last 30 matches, which is just incredible. The end of the Premier League season is on the way and after a very busy few weeks it’s safe to say my my fantasy football team needs some attention, I’m confident though I can make the necessary changes to gain those all important points in the closing weeks.
I’ve also spent a lot of time with my dogs the last few days, they came out to Miami with me for the first time this year, and it has been great having them here and coming home to them everyday, and as I’m sure you can tell from my Facebook, I think they have had a decent time, at least they’ve avoided the snow back home!
After winning in Miami I moved up to number two in the world rankings. Its great to be back in the top two after almost three years. My hard work over the last twelve months has really paid off, which is motivating me to push even harder this year. For now I’m staying totally focused on putting in a solid performance on the clay, taking it one tournament at a time.
The clay’s not always been my favorite surface, the ball tends to bounce higher and travels much slower than some of the other surfaces on the tour. However this year, I intend to prepare myself so that I’m in the best possible shape at the French Open. My first clay tournament of the season will be in Monte Carlo, so after a few more days out here in Miami doing some lighter training on the clay courts, I’ll head over to Europe to get started on my clay court preparation.
Monte Carlo is one of my favourite tournaments, it’s set in one of the best locations in the world, with some spectacular views across the bay, and some equally amazing boats and cars. The weather is always nice which is a bonus and it’s a very well run tournament, so I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks as always for your support and see you in a few weeks.