London: British number one Andy Murray, who has not won a competition in a year, has said that he feels like he is in the best shape he has been for a long time, as he will attempt to end a 13-month winless streak with a second US Open crown.
The Scot is now fully recovered from last September`s back surgery, and firmly believes that he is in better nick than when triumphing in New York two years ago. Murray rolls up at Flushing Meadows without a tournament victory since last summer`s epic Wimbledon success against Novak Djokovic.
However, after an intensive training block in Florida with new coach Amelie Mauresmo, who is former French number one, Murray feels that he is finally ready to get back on the winning trail. He said that he is fitter than he was when he won the title in 2012, The Mirror reported.
Murray said that it is not much of a secret that his back had been troubling him for 18 months or so before he decided to take some time out and have the operation. He added that it took him a little bit longer than expected to get back to full fitness and be able to train at 100 per cent but thankfully he is now there.
The British number one said that he worked incredibly hard in his last Miami training block and feels like he is in the best shape he has been for a long time. He said that things with Mauresmo have been going well this year on the practice court.
Murray, whose hopes have risen with the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal, insisted that he was not worried by his failure to build on his historic Wimbledon title.
Murray added that it`s always tough when one comes back from an injury and it always takes time to get the consistency.