Andy Murray will experience a new sensation when he starts play at next month's Australian Open - feeling like a Grand Slam champion.
The third-ranked Brit broke through at the U.S. Open in 2012, adding to his gold medal at the London Olympics.
''In the last three, four or five years there has been significant pressure in my mind, and now I feel more relaxed and relieved after winning the U.S. Open,'' Murray said Wednesday. ''So, I think from my side, I hope to take the pressure off myself and be able to play a little bit more relaxed - and I hope to repeat my Grand Slam win.''
Murray was promoting a winner-takes-all $250,000 exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that serves as a warmup for the Australian Open, which runs Jan. 14-27.
Murray hired Ivan Lendl as coach on last New Year's Eve and is full of praise for the changes the eight-time Grand Slam champion made in his game.
''He helped with a lot of small things; you know, technical things, small mental and psychological thing...