MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The draw has done few favours for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open.
Murray will be seeded sixth at the year’s first grand slam starting Monday, bunched on the same half of the draw as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and with a possible fourth round match against Bulgarian danger-man Grigor Dimitrov.
“Obviously, (a) very tough draw. Very difficult draw,” the Scot told reporters.
“It’s very hard to comment on it. If you have to play all of those players, obviously it’s going to be extremely difficult to come through that.
“I’m aware of that. That’s fine. But, yeah, often in these events, there are upsets. And then you just have to wait and see who you’re playing in each round because it doesn’t always work out as simply as that.
“I’m sure Rafael (Nadal) just now, if you said to him, ‘Give me a semi-final spot’, he’d be very happy with that coming off a tough injury.
“But it will be interesting to see how it goes. But definitely with the names you mentioned, it’s very challenging.” A three-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, Murray was unable to add to his two grand slam titles in 2014 after coming back from a major back surgery and parting ways with coach Ivan Lendl.