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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 04:50 GMT
Murray grateful for Henman advice
Tim Henman (left) and Andy Murray
Murray says his chats with Henman have helped his game
Andy Murray says he turned to Tim Henman for advice prior to winning his first ATP Tour title on Sunday.

Murray, 18, says he owes much of his success to Henman, who he is tipped to replace as British number one.

"Tim believes in me more than a lot of people - to have somebody supporting you who is as good as he is gives you a lot of confidence," Murray said.

Murray said he had asked Henman's advice on his game and dealing with the media and he had "helped a lot".

"I felt better coming into this tournament than many of the others before," said the 18-year-old.

Murray, who is up to 47th in the world rankings after beating Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt in San Jose, had a difficult start to 2006.

He went out in the first round of the Australian Open to Chela and admitted he was struggling to cope with the media attention.

"I spoke to Henman a little bit about the press stuff but also about my game," he said. "He has helped me a lot."

Despite being widely predicted to end Henman's reign as British number one, Murray said he had little interest in the British pecking order.

"I'd much rather be number 10 in the world and number three in Britain than number 25 in the world and number one in Britain," he said.

Andy Murray with girlfriend Kim Sears
It's been the best week of my life - and I thought it would be nice to share it with someone
Andy Murray

Asked if he could foresee Wimbledon's "Henman Hill" being renamed "Murray Mount", the Scot replied: "There was a little bit of that going on last year and I suppose it may be a bit more like that this year.

"But it will be called 'Henman Hill' until he retires - and I will be happy with that."

Murray said he was delighted to be able to celebrate his victory over Hewitt with girlfriend Kim Sears, the daughter of Daniela Hantuchova's coach Nigel Sears.

"It was the first time she has come to a tournament with me," said Murray.

"It's been the best week of my life so far - and I thought it would be nice to share it with someone."

The youngster said talking to Henman, as well as coach Mark Petchey and his mother Judy, had helped him find a new relaxed attitude to his game.

"I was very calm and I think I have changed a little bit since Australia - and that can only help my tennis," said Murray.

"I will have more confidence now going into the top matches. I've had a lot of close matches with the top players - but now I have managed to win one it has made me more relaxed."

He was adamant that his victory would not change him as a person.

"I don't see why you should change just because you win a few tennis matches," he said.

"I still have the same family and friends. Maybe now there will be a few other ones wanting to be close to me and wanting to be my friends.

"But I haven't changed - and I don't really find it too tough to stay the same."




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