Posted January 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Off_court_at_c551
On a sizzling hot day at the Australian Open it was, perhaps, fitting for Andy Murray to be talking about short shorts. And the weather, of course. After soaking in an ice bath to cool down, Murray said he was thankful that his match went quickly on Thursday when temperatures reached 41 Celsius - 106 Fahrenheit - and the court felt like a sauna. ''There were very few long rallies. So it worked out well for me because it was really, really tough conditions,'' said Murray, who won in straight sets over Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Murray sat between changeovers sipping bottled water and with an ''ice towel'' slung over his neck - a towel packed and bound with chunks of ice. Union Jacks and Scottish flags flew in the stands, where fans sang a song called ''Andy Style'' to the tune of ''Gangnam Style.'' After the win, a confident Murray tossed his racket to the ground and thanked fans by hurling his sweaty wristbands and a damp towel into the stands. The 25-year-old Scot has been dubbed ''A New Andy'' at this year's Australian Open. Unburdened by the enormous pressure that followed him on previous trips to Australia, he arrives this year as the reigning major champion. Now that he has ended the 76-year drought for British men at the majors, he doesn't have to field the same nagging questions about whether he has the talent to win a Grand Slam. Which is why the world's No. 3-ranked player found himself talking about tight shirts and short shorts in his post-match news conference. The subject of his shirt had come up in the first round when he explained he hasn't bulked up his upper body, but it may have appeared that way because he's wearing a tighter shirt this year. Elaborating Thursday, he said the change of style was decided on by his sponsor, Adidas, but he didn't mind the snug new fit and preferred it to tops with low, baggy sleeves that can impeded the elbow during swings. ''The less material there is on the shirt I think probably the better. There's less to get in the way,'' he said, with his typical deadpan delivery. ''So long as they're tailored somewhat, I think there's no real problem.'' Murray was then asked his personal view on certain men's players who seemed to be wearing shorter shorts this year in a nod to the 1970s. ''I actually wore a pair at Wimbledon,'' he confessed. ''Not quite like what Ivan (Lendl) and those guys used to wear on the court. I can't see a return to them, to be honest.'' Thinking about it made him smile: ''Yeah, they were a bit too short. Didn't leave too much to the imagination.'' Lendl, the eight-time Grand Slam champion, now happens to be Murray's coach and is the man he largely credits with his winning streak and an added aggressiveness that carried him through a breakthrough year in 2012. On Thursday, Lendl sat in the stands watching Murray, leaning on a towel draped over the hot railing. Since teaming up with Lendl, Murray was runner-up at Wimbledon, a gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympics and then won his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. He has come tantalizingly close in Australia, where he was a finalist in 2010 and 2011 and a semifinalist in 2012. Standing in the way of a potential second Grand Slam title for Murray is a likely semifinal against No. 2-ranked Roger Federer, who was playing his second-round match later Thursday, and No. 1 Novak Djokovic, whom he could face in the final. Murray knows his next opponent well - qualifier Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. The two have trained together ahead of past Australian Opens and practiced together earlier this month at the Brisbane International, where Murray successfully defended his title just before heading to Melbourne. The 22-year-old Berankis is playing his first Grand Slam in Melbourne and ranked 110th. ''He hits the ball pretty big from the back of the court. He plays aggressive. He's a very flat hitter of the ball,'' Murray said of his opponent. ''It's nice to see him do well because we spend quite a bit of time practicing together.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Andy Murray through to 3rd round at Aussie Open

U.S. Open champion Andy Murray had another easy win at the Australian Open on Thursday, a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal. Murray, who ended a 76-year drought by British men in Grand Slam tournaments with his win at Flushing Meadows last year, dropped only seven games in his opening match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands. On Thursday, the third-seeded Murray...

Murray Overcomes Tough Qualifier to Progress to Round of 16

Andy Murray By Jaclyn Stacey ( January 19, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Andy Murray won through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after defeating qualifier Ricardas Berankis in a tough straight sets match 6-3 6-4 7-5 in two hours and 12 minutes on Super Saturday.   Despite the scoreline, Berankis put up some strong resistance to Murray, creating 12 break point opportunities...

Murray Keeps His Cool in the Extreme Heat for Routine Win

( January 17, 2013) On a day in which temperatures soared past 100 degrees Fareneheit in Melbourne, Scotland’s Andy Murray was cool and collected on court in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. “It doesn’t matter how much training you do, it always difficult when the sun comes out here,” Murray...

Not Great, But Good Enough: Murray Ousts Berankis As His Quarter Opens

Murray reached the second week, but not in dazzling fashion. The only notable player from Lithuania, Ricardas Berankis enjoyed his breakthrough last year by reaching the Los Angeles final after many had wondered whether his small stature and chronic injuries would prevent him from fulfilling his potential.  Berankis reminded audiences of his status as one of the next generation’s...

Mirror, mirror and a cam. Selfie Sunday with Murray, Verdasco + Kerber.

Must have been selfie Sunday. Andy Murray, Fernado Verdasco and Angelique Kerber had some fun with their Australian Open looks in adidas' dressing room recently: Above: Murray wears adidas' semi fitted barricade crew, $58 and barricade 9.5" short, $45. His shoes are the barricade 7.0 in black and yellow, $125. Verdaso wears the men's spring adizero crew in vivid...
Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.