Relaxed Murray targets Federer re-match
At home Andy Murray uses the tube and is often spotted - iPod in his ears - at some South London station. Heading abroad, he hops into cattle class with the rest of us and here in New York he gets bored of waiting for courtesy cars and takes the shuttle bus.
His only daily requirement isn't a private jet, a chauffeur, a top floor suite or a bodyguard, it's the wake-up, strong coffee from over the road - which, obviously, he gets himself.
The world number two remains firmly down to earth on the sidewalks of the Big Apple, one of his favourite cities, as he prepares to try and match, or perhaps better, his excellent performance here in 2008 when he reached the final.
On Saturday, he hit on three different courts at Flushing Meadows as he honed his preparations for the final major of the tennis year, which begins on Monday.
A comedy knockabout with Hollywood star Will Ferrell, one of his favourite actors and Creative Artists' stablemate, eased him into the day on Arthur Ashe, practice with Davis Cup team-mate Ross Hutchins followed next door on Louis Armstrong and he closed the day on court 5 with a sundown session of serving.
To the delight of the up-close-and-personal New Yorkers (in the grounds for the brilliant "kids' day"), he aimed at ball cans for an hour with fitness trainer Matt Little doing his best to get a racket on the returns.
It's a tough draw for Murray and the big names in his section are remarkably similar to 12 months ago (Wawrinka, Del Potro, Nadal) with the dangerous Marin Cilic also lurking, a man for whom a major breakthrough is surely imminent.
But I see Murray getting another crack at Federer in a repeat of last year's final.
I asked him on 5 live recently what he learned from that experience, which may benefit him if they play again.
"I went away and worked loads on my game and tried to get better," he said. "That was the one thing I learned, that I needed to get a lot better to win a slam because I wasn't quite good enough in the final."
Even though he looks a better played than 12 months ago, he would need an incredible performance to dethrone Federer if they meet again. Roger is playing with a swagger once more and is hot favourite to win a third major of the year, a sixth in a row in New York, and an incredible 16th of his career.
Rafael Nadal is still on the comeback after two months out and even though he should beat Richard Gasquet in the most intriguing first round match, I can't see him reaching the final four, considering the strain this hard-court surface puts on the knees.
The women's championship is open for Serena Williams with the usual collection of challengers - some worthy, some not - and a couple of terrific stories could be ahead.
Let's see how former champion Maria Sharapova fares, at only her second Grand Slam of the season. With her shoulder problems hopefully behind her, Sharapova has collected plenty of court time in recent weeks including the final in Toronto. New York tends to bring the best out of her and I think it will again.
And Kim Clijsters - another former winner, playing her first major tournament since returning from retirement - could face Venus Williams in the fourth round and, even more interestingly, a match up with my outsider for the title Victoria Azarenka in the last eight.
What a shame Laura Robson couldn't find the final push to win her final qualifying match and give Britain some interest in the women's singles. She came so close and it was such a terrific effort from someone who, let's not forget, is only 15.
She led 4-0 in the final set of her final qualifying match on Saturday before an incredible bout of nerves, probably provoked by the enormity of the impending achievement, allowed her tall, hard-hitting opponent back into the match.
At one stage, in the vital 4-1 game which seemed to go on forever, Laura collected her towel from the fence infront of my seat and said out loud: "I can hardly breathe."
At that moment, we could see the tension, the pressure, the fear. She just needed an extra minute to compose herself, she looked like she just needed a hug.
But over the course of the match we could also see the talent, the determination and the desire. If she's almost qualifying at 15, imagine what she can be doing here when she's 19 or 20. As exciting as Murray at the same age? Yes, more so. Good luck to her.
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