US Open: Andy Murray expects nerves for 'new experience' of grand slam defence

Last Updated: 23/08/13 12:49pm

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Andy Murray expects a rare new experience at the US Open will mean he has to overcome nerves when the tournament gets under way on Monday.

The world No 3 heads to Flushing Meadows as the defending champion and as such has had more off-court commitments to deal with than in the past.

After a number of years on the tour Murray admits that fresh experiences are few and far between and as such some tension is likely.

"It's the first time (I've defended a grand slam), so it's a new experience," he said.

"At my age and the amount of time I've been on tour, it's not often that you get new experiences. I don't know exactly how I'll deal with the pressure, how I'll feel on Monday - I'm expecting to be nervous but this week it's just been a bit different.

"There's a few more demands on your time away from the court so you need to make sure you schedule your practice well and not use up too much of your energy off the court. I've done a good job of that so far but it's not easy."

Murray gets his defence under way against Michael Llodra as the tournament begins on Monday.

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