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Murray: US Open win won't help

Andy Murray does not expect his US Open triumph to prove a psychological advantage until the latter stages of the Australian Open.

Murray on Tuesday played his first match at a major as a grand slam champion following his success at the US Open last September.

And although he appeared at ease with his newly-elevated status he admitted the one-sided nature of his crushing win over Robin Haase meant he did not have to draw on the experience he gained at Flushing Meadows.

Speaking after the hugely impressive 6-3 6-1 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena, the world number three said: "It didn't feel that much different to me.

"I think I will see the benefits of the win in New York if I get deep into a slam this year and when I'm playing against the top players.

"That's when I will be able to draw on that experience and use it in the right way.

"But I don't think it makes a huge amount of difference to how you feel at the beginning of events."

Murray has been asked to look back on his win at the US Open on a daily basis since he arrived Down Under but he insists he has no objections to dwelling on arguably the biggest moment of his career to date.

"It's not a bad thing," he said.

"I've often had to look back at majors having lost in finals or tough semi-finals so it's nice to have that memory of having won one.

"But I'm focused on this event and I have trained really hard to get myself ready for it.

"So whether everyone else is still thinking about the US Open or not makes no difference to me."

Next up for Murray is a meeting with Portuguese number one and world 100 Joao Sousa.

Temperatures are expected to push 100F in Melbourne tomorrow but the Scot is confident his gruelling pre-season schedule means he will not be found wanting physically.

"You train hard and prepare the best you can and then see where it takes you when you get into the tough situations, the hard conditions," he added.

"Especially here, it can be extremely hot which it probably will be tomorrow. But I have trained hard to get ready for this event."

There have been suggestions Murray has bulked up over the winter at his training base in Miami but he claimed his muscular appearance was actually down to a change in clothing.

"Most of the weight I put on is in my legs but the t-shirt I am wearing is tighter," he said.

"It's not that I am any bigger in my upper body. It's just because of the tightness of the t-shirt that maybe it appears that way."