Murray not bothered by different preparation


Andy Murray is not concerned by his short off-season heading into the first major of the year.

Murray, ranked number two in the world, kicks off his Australian Open campaign against German teenager Alexander Zverev on Tuesday after taking just 10 days off at the end of last season.

The Brit said the late finish had forced him to change his preparation for the major, although Murray said he always planned to have his big break after the Open.

"I've spoken about it a bit towards the end of last year, that my off-season was going to be in February after the tournament, really," he said.

"I took a bit of a break after the Davis Cup. I had about a week, 10 days, then I obviously went off to train in Dubai. I had a few days off over Christmas, then over here.

"After I'm finished here, I'm going to be at home for four or five weeks. I'll take some time to rest and recover after I'm finished here.

"I've never finished the season this late. So had to make some changes to what I did in December.

"I didn't go over to Miami, which is the first time in a long time. I went over to Dubai and then came over here earlier than I had ever done before. So I made some changes.

"I feel prepared, but it's just been different preparation than what I'm used to."

Murray said he was expecting a tough test against the 1.98metre tall Zverev.

"He's a big guy obviously for his age. Of the young guys coming through, he is by far the tallest of them, which has obvious benefits," he added.

"At the age he's at just now can cause a few issues, as well, until you kind of fill out into your physique.

"But he's got a very good game. He serves well. For a big guy, moves pretty well, too.

"He's obviously improving all the time. He finished last year well, too."

Murray also reiterated that he was ready to leave Australia at any time to return home for the birth of his first child - even if it meant missing the final.

"For me, my child is more important to me, and my wife is more important to me than a tennis match," he said.