Grand Slam Murray in a different place ahead of the new season

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Updated: December 26, 2012

Andy Murray believes his US Open triumph has lifted so much pressure off his shoulders that his path to more Grand Slam glory in 2013 is now free of self-doubt.

World No 3 Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win a major when he defeated Novak Djokovic to clinch the US Open in September, with his triumph coming in the slipstream of his Olympic Games gold medal.

Now the 25-year-old is determined to build on his breakthrough year, starting by easing into the new campaign with a three-day exhibition in Abu Dhabi before heading to Australia for the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.

Murray wants to be more consistent in the tournaments outside the Grand Slams and admits that will be his main focus this year rather than remain “obsessed” with winning Majors.

Murray spent his off season training in Miami with his coach Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team and the reigning Olympic champion admits he was worried that he might be low on motivation after achieving one of his biggest goals, which was winning a Grand Slam however he feels it wont be the case following his first preseason training with the elusive Slam under his belt, in fact it appears it has been quite the opposite.