Updated: 09/07/2011 06:56 | By pa.press.net

Murray inspired by Djokovic run



Andy Murray

Andy Murray

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 on Sunday when he added the Wimbledon title to the Australian Open crown he won in January with victory over defending champion Rafael Nadal. By contrast, Murray is still looking for his first major despite having reached three finals and four semi-finals.

He wrote in his column for BBC Sport: "I know it's possible, just look at Novak Djokovic."

Djokovic who would have replaced Nadal at the top of the rankings regardless of Sunday'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.

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.

"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," Murray added.

"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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05/07/2011 15:05
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I'm English and I hope Murray wins a slam event soon, he's certainly good enough.  He just needs to keep the intensity of his best play up for 100% of the match like Nadal and Djokovic do.  Federer is different as he was born with a sublime once in a lifetime talent.

Also like Nadal said he needs a bit of luck.  Murray's misfortune to find his best years overlapping with arguably two of the top three players of all time and a worthy new #1 who will be around for some time.

05/07/2011 00:15
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rowlley -should be a capital letter surely? Would you give me the winning numbers for the lottery this week as you are so sure of your predictions. I would like to see you eat Murray's toenails when he does win Wimbledon. Your arrogance is what you so despise in others. I wonder what great achievements in sport you have reached? Seems to me that you are a couch potato with a racist attitude. Why is it that the English can criticise and verbally abuse the people who are living in different parts of the UK who are not English? How can you justify castigating them when you also do it?  Nadal and Federer are a special breed no doubt, they don't come along too often but they are mortal. They have to become obsessed to win and be arrogant in their approach. They have learned to please the crowd and say things at interviews they don't mean. Murray tells it as it is-tough live with it, he too will have to learn the tricks. You obviously weren't around when Fed was a skinny arrogant bad tempered player who used to smash his racquets frequently. He talked about that only recently. Anyway try to curb your anger and act like an English gentleman if you can. The peasants in Scotland, Ireland and Wales will doff their caps in obedience then.

05/07/2011 13:10
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Murray is playing in the Davis cup UK team this weekend along with brother Jamie and Colin Fleming,which leaves room for a solitary Englishman James Ward.

So that's what prompts the racist rants from a section of the English populace!!. They are jealous that little cold wet Scotland can dominate them in the game they invented.

05/07/2011 20:15
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There is no doubt that Murray is playing in an era that the competition is at its best. I do believe he will get his breakthrough he just has to believe he can do it. It's not that he doesn't have the guts - as a youngster he came through a trauma that no child should have to face - it's faith, belief and need to win for hisself, no one else matters.  
04/07/2011 21:44
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He should be - thats the nearest  that Jocks ever going to get to winning a Wimbledon Championship title
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