It’s wasn’t the best of finishes but Andy Murray is still very proud of his 2012 season. Murray, who fell to Roger Federer 76, 62 in the semifinal of the ATP Finals yesterday, still enjoyed his best season by far winning his first Grand Slam title and an Olympic gold at the London Olympic games.
“It was an incredibly positive year,” Murray said in his final presser of 2012. “I would have liked to have finished, obviously, with a win. But, yeah, that didn’t happen. But for me, it’s been the best year of my career by a mile. So why I would look back on that negatively now would be silly because I’ve achieved things I’ve never achieved before. I have to look back on it positively. If I don’t, then that would be worrying.”
Murray began the year under the guidance of new coach Ivan Lendl, and the partnership paid off immediately as the Scot claimed the opening title in Brisbane. But that would be Murray’s last victory until the summer when just as the the anti-Lendl sentiment was building Murray reached the Wimbledon final then won the Olympics and later added the US Open.
“He’s obviously helped me a lot,” Murray said of Lendl. “There’s been a lot of decisions made, off‑the‑court decisions that are very important to your career, also decisions when you’re out there playing matches, as well. Moving over to Spain when I was younger was a very hard decision to make, and that would be up there with this one. You know, but since I’ve maybe been on the tour, I think it was a step that I needed to take and was very important to me and helped me get over that final hurdle.”
Murray will begin his 2013 year by playing the Abu Dhabi exhibition.
“I was coming back for Christmas this year,” said Murray who trains in Miami. “So I was going to go over to Australia that way. It’s a good way to start the year. You’re practicing against the best players in the world. The guys that have played there the last few years have gone on to be very successful in Australia, as well. So I think before you start playing tournaments, it just gives you a little bit of extra sharpness because you’re playing against the best players. That’s why I’m doing it.”
After four straight years finishing No. 4, Murray will end 2012 as the No. 3 ranked player in the world.
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