Murray has his sights set on Australian OpenNovember 8th, 2008 - 4:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 8 (ANI): Britains No.1 tennis player Andy Murray, who faces American Andy Roddick in his first Masters Cup match on Monday, does not rank the tournament as highly as a Grand Slam championship, but recognises that, if you are in the top eight you know that youve had a great year.
The world No.4 has had a superb second-half in 2008 and identifies his form since being eliminated by Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the quarterfinal stage of Wimbledon in June as the most satisfying aspect of his season.
Murray makes his Masters Cup debut in Shanghai with Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Gilles Simon in his group.
In the last three or four months the guys that Ive lost to since Wimbledon - Nadal, Federer, Nalbandian - have been top-class, he said.
Murray, 21, has his long-range sights set on the Australian Open in January, where he will be one of the favourites, The Sun reported.
I dont think being the world No 1 is possible right now. Nadal and Federer are much better on the surfaces than I am. I need to improve my clay-court and grass-court games, he said.
On hard courts Im not that far behind. Its not my ambition at the moment to be world No 1. I want to try to win a Grand Slam. If I can do that then Ill go after No 1, Murray added.
Murray has enjoyed a fantastic end to the season and he believes a big factor was getting used to Team Murray his coach, two fitness trainers and a physio.
My consistency is way better than it was, especially in the bigger tournaments. Im not giving away many free points or easy games. Im just able to focus and play hard for the whole match. And the physical stuff Ive done has given me more power on my serve, he revealed. (ANI)
- US Open: Federer, Murray drawn to meet in semis - Aug 24, 2012
- US Open: Top four men cruise into semis - Sep 10, 2011
- Borg says Murray will win US Open - Aug 25, 2010
- Roddick to retire after US Open - Aug 31, 2012
- Olympics: Federer acknowledges he's favourite - Jul 27, 2012
- Federer tips Nadal to win Australian Open - Jan 15, 2011
- Federer beats Djokovic to reach Wimbledon final - Jul 06, 2012
- Henman backs Murray to win Wimbledon - May 20, 2010
- Murray out of Madrid Open with injury - May 05, 2012
- Djokovic ends seven year Federer-Nadal domination at the top - Jul 04, 2011
- Hewitt still hoping to snare another major title - Jun 21, 2010
- Federer out of top three for the first time since 2003 - Oct 17, 2011
- List of Roger Federer's Grand Slam titles - Jul 09, 2012
- Nadal wins his seventh Barcelona Open title - Apr 30, 2012
- Sacked coach Miles Maclagan to become No.1: Murray - Jul 29, 2010
Tags: andy murray, andy roddick, australian open, britains, clay court, court games, cup debut, easy games, federer nalbandian, fitness trainers, gilles simon, grand slam, grass court, nadal federer, quarterfinal stage, rafael nadal, recognises, roger federer, tennis player, wimbledon