ANDY Murray was a little worried that his pleasant life would be upended by his momentous breakthrough at last year's US Open, but instead found that after the initial flood of attention and praise, little had altered.
Professionally, though, he says he feels more at ease now that his - and Britain's - long wait for a grand slam title is over.
''It's a little bit different,'' Murray said before his opening match at the Brisbane International against Australian qualifier John Millman.
''I prepared exactly the same. I probably just feel a little bit more relaxed maybe the last few weeks than I normally do a few weeks out from a [grand] slam [title]. But I'm sure once I get on the court everything stays the same.
''I prepared very well in Miami and trained hard to get myself ready for the new season, and I hope can be successful here.''
Murray is defending champion and top seed in Brisbane, the only one of the four leading men to play an ATP event in the season's first week.
He has sympathy for sidelined Rafael Nadal, but said he does not believe the Spaniard's absence will affect him in an Australian Open sense, despite the fact his grand slam title nemesis was out injured when Murray conquered New York in September.
''It's been a shame for Rafa to miss such a long period. It will definitely take him a few months once he starts playing again to get back into a good rhythm and start playing his best tennis again,'' he said. ''As players, we obviously try just to focus on ourselves once the tournaments come round. Doesn't change, really, my draws too much, because I'll be seeded third going into Australia, I'll have Roger [Federer] or Novak [Djokovic] in my half, and on the hard courts those two played probably the best tennis the last few years.''
Murray played four losing grand slam tournament finals before his five-set US Open win over Djokovic, including two at Melbourne Park.
But it was his hiring of coach Ivan Lendl in 2012 that proved to be the catalyst for the small but important physical, mental and technical improvements that added up to the 5 per cent to 10 per cent he said he believed had been missing.
''Obviously the last few years I got close but never managed to get over the final hurdle,'' he said. ''So whether it was a mental thing, whether it was things in my game I needed to improve, physical things, who knows exactly? But now that I've managed to do it, I hope that when I'm in those situations again I'll deal with them better and put less pressure on myself, which obviously will help me play better.''
Murray was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the recent Queen's honours list, but the 25-year-old said he believes he will only deserve Sir Andy status with more big wins over a longer period.
He now has one major and an Olympic gold - and a glorious season that finally laid Fred Perry's ghost to rest.
''I've had a lot of congratulations because I think a lot of people that follow tennis and were sort of general sports fans kind of knew my story a little bit of how long it had been since any British player had won a slam and how many times I had lost in the finals.
''Especially after Wimbledon when I was very upset … It was very nice for me to finally be able to move on and not worry about that stuff any more.''