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Murray aiming high

Posted 01-09-2013 at 03:14 PM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray insists that his exploits of 2012 are just the beginning and he is determined to improve still further in 2013.

The last 12 months have proven to be a breakthrough year for the 25-year-old, having recovered from the pain of defeat in the Wimbledon final – his fourth Grand Slam final defeat – to glory of gold at the London Olympics and then victory at the US Open.

He now enters the New Year bidding to win back-to-back Grand Slams with victory at the Australian Open in Melbourne, a tournament where he has twice finished as runner-up and begins this year as second favourite in the Australian Open betting.

Murray admits that his victory at Flushing Meadows last summer was a timely answer to those who had questioned his attitude and ability to thrive at the very top of the men’s game.

But far from sitting back and admiring his achievements over the past 12 months the Scot feels re-energised by his successes and is ready to build on them in the coming months and years – something many sports betting writers have already picked up on.

"The US Open and the Olympics made me extremely motivated,” Murray told the Daily Telegraph.

"It wasn't a case of, 'Oh, everything's done now'. 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."

"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.

"I'm just looking for ways to keep improving."
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