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Murray ready to put troubles aside

Andy Murray believes he is ready to put behind him both his disappointing results of the last month and the off-court distractions that have contributed to his loss of form. Since reaching the Australian Open final Murray has made early exits from three tournaments and been caught up in controversies concerning his tactics in Dubai, his Davis Cup career and the future direction of the Lawn Tennis Association.

As he prepared for his first match here today at the Monte-Carlo Masters against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Murray admitted that he "wasn't myself at all" at his most recent tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

"Things off the court can affect you," he said. "I think it was a combination of a lot of things. You can be subconsciously annoyed or upset and you need to make sure you've got a clear head. I can't say 100 per cent I'm going to be great this week, but I feel fine. I've just got to play well in the matches, fight hard and compete."