Andy Murray inspired by Novak Djokovic success
Monday 04 July 2011
Andy Murray admits he is inspired by the form of new world number one Novak Djokovic over the past year as he continues searching for his first grand slam title.
Djokovic claimed his second major of the year yesterday when he added the Wimbledon title to the Australian Open crown he won in January with victory over defending champion Rafael Nadal.
The Serb, who would have replaced the Spaniard at the top of the rankings regardless of yesterday's result, has now won three grand slam titles following his first success in Melbourne in 2008 and has been beaten just once in 2011, when he went down to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open.
By contrast, Murray is still looking for his first major despite having reached three finals and four semi-finals.
This year the 24-year-old won the first set of his semi against Nadal before being dismantled by his opponent, but he is confident he can succeed if he can recreate the type of improvement shown by Djokovic.
He wrote in his column for BBC Sport: "I know it's possible, just look at Novak Djokovic.
"I remember watching Novak lose in the semi-finals of Wimbledon last year against Tomas Berdych and then a tough match against Rafa in the US Open final.
"He's obviously improved a lot since then. That's something I need to look at and try to replicate.
"I'm 24. Right now, this age is pretty much the time I'm going to be at my peak in terms of fitness and strength, so I need to sit down with my team and get the priorities sorted in terms of my game and my training."
Murray is back in action this week when he competes for Great Britain in a Davis Cup tie against Luxembourg in Glasgow.
He will then travel to his training base in Miami ahead of the hard-court season and lead-up to the US Open, which begins at Flushing Meadows on August 29.
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