Andy Murray is better prepared for Wimbledon this year
Last Updated: 18/06/13 9:19am
Andy Murray: Confident he can handle the pressure at Wimbledon better after winning a grand slam
British number one Andy Murray believes he is better equipped to deal with expectations at Wimbledon this year.
The 26-year-old reached the final at the All England Club 12 months ago where he lost to Roger Federer.
Since then Murray returned to SW19 to beat Federer and claim an Olympic gold medal, and finally claim a major with victory in the US Open.
Murray said: "There's a lot riding on Wimbledon, but I'm better equipped to deal with the pressures and understand how I need to play matches when I get to the latter stages of the big events.
"The US Open win has eased pressure on myself, definitely, because winning a grand slam was the aim behind every practice session I have ever put myself through.
"I deal with it as best I can, knowing that I've played some of my best tennis at Wimbledon over the course of my career.
"It's the build-up that's difficult. People follow me everywhere and there are more strains on my time. Once the tournament starts, it's great. I try to manage my energy well and fit in the extra commitments around training, practice and rest.
"I love playing in front of the home crowd. I want to draw upon the incredible atmosphere I experienced at the Olympics.
"That bubble of a positive atmosphere brought out the best in athletes. And of course it's nice to come home every night and sleep in my own bed, and have friends and family around."