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Murray looking to be more creative in New York

ESPN staff
August 20, 2014
Andy Murray says Amelie Mauresmo's coaching style is completely different to Ivan Lendl's © Getty Images

Andy Murray has revealed that he wants to play with more flair and variety at the US Open in a bid to end his poor run of form.

The British No.1 has failed to record a tournament win since his Wimbledon triumph last summer but is hoping that new coach Amelie Mauresmo's emphasis on quality over quantity during training can turn his fortunes around.

"In the work we do before, [Mauresmo] is very demanding," Murray told the Guardian. "When we're on the court, she's very precise. With Ivan [Lendl], he liked volume, in terms of time spent on the practice court.

"But when I was in Miami with Amelie just now, it was about making sure that the work I was doing was quality. I was still spending a good time on the court but what is important is to be able to play with the intensity that you need to be able to play in matches.

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"It's not worth being on the court for three and a half, four hours if you're going at 70 to 80% because when you arrive at the match you need to be intense from the first point to the last.

Murray also hopes that his player-coach relationship with Mauresmo can help him rediscover a part of his game that he feels he removed during his time with Ivan Lendl - variation.

"Variety was something that maybe Ivan wasn't that big on," added Murray. "He was very big on being aggressive and coming forward to finish points but Amelie played with a lot of variety herself.

"It worked well for her and when it's used properly, it can make a big difference. It's been a big part of my game since I was young. That's the other thing she's been into.

"I played like that when I was a kid and I did it as well when I came on to the Tour until I was 21, 22. But when I was starting to play winning tennis, high percentage solid tennis, not making many mistakes, moving well, maybe I just got away from using that.

"That's something I wanted to get back to a little bit and try to use in matches."

Murray will need to rediscover his previous glories quickly if he is to enjoy a successful US Open, for which he has been seeded eighth.

The two-time Grand Slam champion has suffered quarter-final defeats to both Roger Federer and Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in recent Masters events, yet he remains confident with his game.

"I feel good, I feel well, I have practised well," said Murray. "I just need to get that winning mentality back."

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