Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray's Burning Ambition Is Tested by Water Torture; Chest the Job: Andy Murray Goes through His Paces as He Gears Up for the Start of His Australian Open Bid

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray's Burning Ambition Is Tested by Water Torture; Chest the Job: Andy Murray Goes through His Paces as He Gears Up for the Start of His Australian Open Bid

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Byline: Chris Jones

ANDY MURRAY put himself through "water torture" on the practice court here today in a bid to counter the searing heat that will dominate his first-round clash with Andrei Pavel at the Australian Open.

Temperatures passed 100[degrees]F today but at least the British No1 took comfort from the fact he practised throughout December in the Florida heat while 34-year-old Pavel was just trying to mend his injured back.

Given the 13-year age gap, Pavel is likely to be the first to wilt tomorrow but Murray still believes he must be careful not to allow the weather to undermine his bid for a first grand slam title.

He spent an hour on Court Four today with his trainers and coaches and they ensured he did not allow the draining conditions to impact on his impressive session.

In a bid to increase the pressure on their man, coach Miles Maclagen put two water bottles in the corners of the court to act as targets and Murray tried to knock them over.

As he became increasingly frustrated at getting close, but not hitting the bottles, he cried "rubbish" and continued to hit the ball even harder. While the bottles were unmarked, trainer Matt Little was not so lucky as a ricochet caught him on the back of the neck to the delight of Murray and the rest of his team.

The world No4 received some good news after coming off court when he discovered his match with Pavel (right) would be first on centre court which means he will avoid the hottest part of the day, providing he can finish off the world No1140 in straight sets.

Murray is aiming for a swift conclusion and said: "Playing five sets in this kind of heat is going to be tough for everyone tomorrow. Today was pretty "toasty" on the practise court and we weren't even playing sets. There is no doubt the heat is going to be a big factor in my match.

"I have never minded heat too much but this temperature is a problem for everyone. Your feet burn on court and it's tough to catch your breath, but when you play on the bigger courts you usually get a bit of shade from the stadium.

Four hours in that heat can be unbelievably tough. …

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