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Andy Murray will begin preparations for defence of his US Open crown when he competes in the Rogers Cup in Canada this week.
It will be Murray’s first tournament since winning Wimbledon and he hopes it will give him the chance to get back in to shape ahead of Flushing Meadows later in the month.
The 26-year-old will face either Grigor Dimitrov or Marcel Granollers after being handed a first-round bye, and the draw has also been kind as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the other side of it.
Murray, who is the second seed, could face sixth seed Juan Del Potro in the quarter-finals, while world number three David Ferrer and fifth seed Thomas Berdych are possible semi-final opponents.
“I’ll work as hard as I can to give myself an opportunity at the US Open and see how I do there,” Murray revealed.
Murray broke his Grand Slam duck at Flushing Meadows last year and following his success at Wimbledon, the Scot says he would rather win another Slam than usurp Djokovic at the top of the world singles rankings.
“Every player would like to get to number one, but I would rather win another Grand Slam or two and not get to number one,” Murray added.
Djokovic will again fancy his chances of success after winning the Rogers Cup in the last two years, although Murray also has an impressive record having won the event in 2009 and 2010.