Andy Murray has received a walkover into the third round of the Shanghai Masters after his opponent Florian Mayer withdrew with a wrist injury.
Murray, targeting a third straight Shanghai title, will now play his first match on Thursday against Alexander Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
“You never know whether it’s a good or a bad thing,” said Murray.
“Whoever I play now will have played two matches in these conditions. It may take a little while for me to adjust.”
Murray, who broke his Grand Slam duck at the US Open in September, added: “You just need to make sure you do enough preparation, stay sharp and come out playing well tomorrow.”
The British number one goes into the tournament after losing to Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Rakuten Open in Tokyo on Sunday.
Ahead of the competition in China, Roger Federer tipped the Scot to take over his world number one ranking, but Murray says such an outcome is unlikely.
While the top spot is in Murray’s sights, the 25-year-old world number three believes Novak Djokovic will end 2012 on top of the rankings.
“It will be very difficult to finish the year as number one. I think Novak is too far off and guaranteed that,” said Murray.
“I will keep working hard and focus for the rest of the year and hopefully have a chance next year.”
The Scot believes winning his maiden Grand Slam title has changed his mindset for future events.
“I lost in Australia and straight away I’d be thinking about the French Open and Wimbledon, which wasn’t necessarily the best thing for the tournaments I had coming up,” he said.
“I’m hoping to be focused a lot more and not just looking at the next Grand Slam. I need to try to play well in all the tournaments I’m in.”