At home in Miami, Andy Murray's aiming to move up to No 2

 

Andy Murray has spent more time at his second home in Miami than he has in Britain over the last four months but the Scot is hoping to extend his latest stay in Florida by at least a week.

Murray plays his opening match at the Miami Masters today and knows he will have to win the tournament if he is to replace Roger Federer at No 2 in the world rankings.

With neither Federer nor Rafael Nadal taking part, Miami has a weaker field than usual. Murray, who practises regularly at Crandon Park, knows the conditions as well as anybody and is a former champion.

“I think it should help,” he said when asked about playing on familiar territory. “I have trained in these conditions a lot and obviously it can get extremely humid here.”

Murray, nevertheless, has a potentially tricky draw. After an opener against Australia’s Bernard Tomic, he may have to beat Grigor Dimitrov, Jerzy Janowicz, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych to reach the final, in which he is seeded to meet Novak Djokovic, the champion in 2011 and 2012. Djokovic faced Lukas Rosol in his opening match last night.

Tomic has had an up-and-down campaign. Having made a promising start to the year, winning the title in Sydney and reaching the third round at the Australian Open, he will be playing in his fifth tournament since Melbourne (Murray is appearing in only his second) but has won only four matches in that time.

Murray, who beat Tomic last year in their only previous meeting, said it was always hard to know what to expect from the former world junior No 1. “I haven’t seen him play that much outside of Australia the last year or so, but he’s a very, very talented player,” Murray said. “He’s got a very unorthodox game style.”

Wimbledon refused to comment yesterday on a report that it has decided to build a roof over No 1 Court after this summer’s Championships. Discussions over the roof have been under way for at least a year but it is understood that a final decision will not be announced until next month.

Provision for a future roof was made when No 1 Court was built 15 years ago, meaning that construction will be less expensive than the cover on Centre Court, which cost more than £100m. The expenditure will be possible thanks to rising profits and successful debenture schemes.

BUY WIMBLEDON TICKETS

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future
Berlusconi's world of sleaze: The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM

Berlusconi's world of sleaze

The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM
Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Films and theme parks are just the beginning. Disney believes its control of the now decades-old franchise can bring in merchandise and marketing millions for years to come
Could the golden age of the gaming arcade ever be revived in the era of the Xbox?

Could gaming arcades be revived?

The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: The 'tampon tax' has inspired a new wave of female comedians to reclaim period jokes

Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage