Andy Murray has no excuses with injury admission

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It's almost a year - although it seems longer - since Andy Murray began his well talked about back problems which led to surgery and a tough rehabilitation period.

It cut short an ultra successful 2012 season and many suggest that his lingering pain has prevented the British star from firing on all cylinders this year. 

However, when you really analyse it, can you attribute the back problem to a particularly bad year which has seen him teeter on the verge of falling out the world's top ten? The answer - probably not.

Tough year

After all Murray reached the quarter-finals in the Australian Open at the very start of the year. It took traditional nemesis Roger Federer to end his run in Melbourne.

Looking beyond that, the 27-year-old has never pulled up trees on the clay of the French Open, though he did equal his best showing - a semi-final appearance (albeit a harrowing one) with nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.

Wimbledon was poor, no two ways about it. The defending champion should have a least got to the final.

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No excuses

Now, a year on, fans cannot put this lean season down to back injury, and Murray doesn't want it to be an excuse anymore: "I wasn't able to train as much at the beginning of the year because of my back," he admitted. "Now I can start training again 100%, not holding back.

"I felt maybe what I was missing was just some physical strength," continued the world no.10."When you come back on the tour it is a bit of a recovery process.

"Over the French Open and Wimbledon my back felt very good. Physically, it was fine." 

With the US Open approaching, maybe the former world no.3 should have claimed it was still hurting him! It won't be any easier for Murray to lift Grand Slam no.3.

Poor form

Simply put, Andy Murray is out of form, and that is the only legitimate reason for his struggles. There can be no worse time for the Scot to be in a crisis of confidence with so many stars emerging from the tour. Federer may be receding, but the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic are bustling through. 

He must face another challenger at the Rogers Cup in Toronto too. Nick Kyrgios is hoping for consistency after shocking Nadal at Wimbledon, and the Masters will provide great preparation for another Grand Slam run.

Amelie Mauresmo

Another excuse that can be discounted is the birth of a new coaching partnership. Murray could have ditched Amelie Mauresmo after SW19, but he clearly feels as though her work is improving him, why else would he announce a long-term deal?

But who knows, maybe it will finally click back into place at one of Murray's favourite majors. It was the site of his maiden final win following four losing finalist attempts. How apt if he ended another bad streak - of a different nature - this time around.

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