Andy Murray matures as he learns from mistakes

Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 16:48 PM IST

Indian Wells: Andy Murray begins every new tennis campaign by carrying the weight of British tennis hopes on his slender shoulders.

And the 23-year-old from Dunblane, Scotland says the key to managing that burden is learning from your mistakes.

"As I get older I learn how to deal with things better. We all make mistakes when we are younger," Murray said Thursday. "I am learning how to deal with my mistakes and move on from them."

Murray started this season by trying to become Britain`s first Australian Open champion since 1934 but lost in the final to Novak Djokovic.

It was the second-straight year at the Aussie Open and third time in his career Murray finished runner-up at a grand slam.

"I have been thinking a lot about the future and not about the past," said the world No. 5 Murray. "It has been a huge benefit for me. I am focusing more on the future now."

The fifth seeded Murray has a first-round bye in the top half of the 96 player men`s draw at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters 1000 event which kicked off for the men on Thursday.

Murray`s first match at Indian Wells will be against American Donald Young who beat Potito Starace of Italy 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.

Murray is in the same quarter section of the draw as another rising star on the tour, Argentine rival Juan Martin del Potro. The two could meet as early as the quarter-finals if they both make it through their early matches.

Indian Wells is just the third tournament of the year for Murray who lost in the opening round at Rotterdam last month then pulled out of Dubai the same month with a wrist injury.

He spent a good portion of the past two months away from tennis, spending time with family in the UK and relaxing with friends and training in Miami where he has a home.

Now Murray is ready to get back to business.

"I feel good. I played a lot of practice so I am not that rusty," Murray said. "It was good for me to get away from tennis for a while. Now the focus is on winning grand slams.”

"I have been practising many different things. I want to keep it between myself and the people I work with."

Bureau Report