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Murray Motivated for 2013

Posted 01-08-2013 at 12:44 PM by Philip Oliver
US Open and Olympic champion, Andy Murray, says he is "extremely motivated" to build on last year's success in 2013.

The British number one enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2012, winning gold at the London Games before breaking his Grand Slam duck at Flushing Meadows with a thrilling five-set victory over Novak Djokovic.

Murray blew away some early cobwebs to retain his Brisbane International title last weekend. His 2012 triumph in Queensland set him on his way to the most successful year of his career. The world number three is hoping for a repeat dose in 2013.

"The US Open and the Olympics made me extremely motivated. It wasn't a case of, 'Oh, everything's done now'," Murray told the tennis betting news.

"It's taken a long time to get there and to win those sorts of events. I know the feeling when you do win them now and it's worth all of the work that you put in."

Murray is preparing for another crack at the Australian Open, where he reached the final in 2010 and 2011. His chances have been boosted by the continued absence of 11-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal.

However, Murray will face fierce competition from Roger Federer and reigning champion Djokovic – a point that fans cashing their in-play bet offer should bear in mind.

The 25-year-old, who has enjoyed his first off-season with coach, Ivan Lendl, insisted he has no doubts over his game as the first major of the season approaches.

"In the past, there were loads and loads of questions. I wasn't physically strong enough. I wasn't mentally strong enough. I didn't listen to my coaches. I was spoilt.

"Whatever it was, none of that really bothers me anymore," Murray added. "I'm just looking for ways to keep improving."
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