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'Ordinary' Murray reveals sweet tooth

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Andy Murray's intensity in training shines through in an upcoming documentary © Getty Images
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US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray "doesn't do anything flash" away from the tennis court, according to the documentary-maker given a year to shadow the Briton.

Director Jo McCusker, whose film 'Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet' will be broadcast on the eve of Wimbledon, admitted she could not argue with the prevailing opinion about Murray that his life is remarkably ordinary.

This posed a problem for McCusker, who admits that the highlights of her year-long interaction with the world No. 2 include Murray's weakness for sweets while subjecting himself to ice baths and his fondness for sushi.

"You don't see anything flash because he doesn't do anything flash," McCusker told the Radio Times.

"He doesn't drink, doesn't smoke and doesn't go out. And it all comes back to one word, mentioned by everyone we spoke to: ordinary."

McCusker interviewed actor James Corden, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to gain some insight into the psyche of a man who plays computer games with two of his fiercest rivals, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Murray's discipline and intensity in training shine through with a racket in his hand, with McCusker recalling a six-hour "boot camp" training session filmed at his base in Miami.

"Then there's the iced bath session. Andy has to spend 10 minutes in a brutally cold bath after training to rid his body of the lactic acid," she said.

"He has a cup of sweets to lure him into the water and for us at least he resisted the obvious urge to swear out loud."

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