After surgery, Andy Murray lowers his sights

Andy Murray has made it clear that he did not expect to win the Australian Open and had no earthly idea how far he might advance. He factored in the layoff and the operation, as well as his lack of matches in the new season.

updated: January 13, 2014 16:31 IST
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Melbourne: Andy MurrayFor years, Andy Murray's right hand shot so frequently to his back after arduous or even routine points that it sometimes seemed permanently attached. Murray looked, at times, like an old man, or at least a man far older than 26. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

His 2013 season was divided into the portion of the year in which he managed the back pain, triumphing at Wimbledon, and the portion of the year in which he shut down his schedule and opted for back surgery. (Also read: Venus Williams knocked out)

Having gone from that historic high to the surgical low, Murray arrived here recently in advance of the Australian Open. In his initial news conference, he was loose and cautious.

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