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Murray in the groove

Andy Murray admits he's playing the best tennis of his life as he looks to capitalise on the growing frailties of his rivals and capture a second US Open title.

Ahead of Monday's start to the season's final Grand Slam in New York, the 29-year-old Scot is the sport's man of the moment.

Since losing the French Open final to Novak Djokovic in June, Murray has won Queen's Club, a second Wimbledon title and successfully defended his Olympic crown in Rio.

His career-best 22-match win streak came to a halt at the hands of Marin Cilic in the Cincinnati final last weekend when he simply ran out of gas.

CONFIDENT

But that hasn't dented his confidence that he can claim a second US Open, four years after his breakthrough in New York saw him become the first British man in 76 years to win a Grand Slam title.

"I'm playing my best tennis... The last four, five months are not even close to anything else I had done before," said Murray, who is chasing a fourth career Major.

"It was way, way better. Seven finals in a row, you know. Won obviously Wimbledon again, the Olympics. It's been really good."

Murray has played in all of the first three finals of the Majors in 2016, losing to world No. 1 Djokovic in Melbourne and Paris before putting Milos Raonic, one of the sport's widely-hyped new generation, in his place in a straight-set spanking in the Wimbledon final.

The only worry for Murray is his relatively mediocre record in New York in the years since his first win - runs to the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2014 were followed by a fourth-round exit to Kevin Anderson of South Africa 12 months ago. - AFP.

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