Andy Murray On Playing Doha: It’s Helped Novak Win The Australian, Maybe It Will Help Me Too!
by Tom Gainey | December 29th, 2016, 2:43 pm
  • 41 Comments

Andy Murray admits he needs to try something different if he wants to finally win the Australian Open, where he’s finished runner-up five times. So he’s taking a page from Novak Djokovic by playing in Doha, a title the Serb won last year then went on to win in Melbourne.

“Seems to have worked well for Novak as well over the years,” Murray told the Gulf News ahead of Abu Dhabi. “Hopefully it works for me too.”

Murray did win Doha in 2009 and 2007, but in recent years only played it once in 2013.

Murray added that he hopes to focus better after Australia and target Indian Wells and Miami, two events where he’s struggled at times.

“Once the Australian Open is done, then it is four to five months for the next slam,” Murray said. “That’s the period I have struggled in the past; that’s the period I need to stay focused. Sometimes in Indian Wells in Miami I haven’t played that well in the past and I would like to do a better job with that next year.”

Murray went on to say that he finished 2016 the most tired as he has of any other season, though he did take two weeks off after. And he said his greatest moment was winning that second gold medal.

Murray is in action Friday in Abu Dhabi against David Goffin. He officially opens his season next week in Doha.


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41 Comments for Andy Murray On Playing Doha: It’s Helped Novak Win The Australian, Maybe It Will Help Me Too!

Willow Says:

Hope so Andy, hope so ….


J-Kath Says:

AndyMira:

You are a genius with lovely, appropriate graphic messages. Thank you…..there is so much improvement needed to improve my character any motivating help is welcome.


Willow Says:

Thanks for the info about Rafa on the other thread J-Kath, only wish id been at home to watch him ….


AndyMira Says:

@JK…He he..You’re welcome…Btw,i have a christmas gift for you that i made week ago…here it is..

http://www.bestnamepix.com/image_process.php?name=To%20J-Kath&name2=&id=417


J-Kath Says:

Willow: Rafa playing at 3.00pm today as well. Looks like Andy may lose to Goffin – unless Andy pulls an Andy.

Andy-Mira: Oh my goodness – please tell me it is not in the ether – it is so beautiful.


J-Kath Says:

Goffin beats Andy in 2 straight sets.


lakie Says:

This is only an exhibition match. Andy must reserve his best for the AO. He has been runner up there 5 times, He needs to go one better and win it this time.


AndyMira Says:

Oopps!Thank God,it’s only exo…That’s alright Andy,put your 2nd gear in Doha,okay?C’MON!!

@JK…I actually made two for you,this is for your late birthday gift..http://mynamepics.in/result_display.php?name=J-Kath&name2=&id=95


AndyMira Says:

@Lakie,i also has a gift for you on DelPo thread…


Okiegal Says:

Mira, I sent you a private message, did you see it??


AndyMira Says:

@Okie…Yes Okie,i just replied to you,sorry can’t reply sooner…Have trouble with my FB all day long..


J-Kath Says:

AndyMira: Thank you for the birthday greetings – also lovely and you outdo yourself with every one you send.

Yes, oor wee Andy – ah well it will be recorded that brain of his. He needs to shine soon however or he’ll fall victim to the “he can be beaten syndrome”.


jalep Says:

Goffin beat Andy? Whoa…I know it’s just an exhibition.

Hey AM…BTW….
I can barely a post due to computer freezing, crashing — browser not browsing; this thing won’t even let me type a full sentence.

I might be looking for a new device…or at least taking this one in and off line for a time. Posting from my phone on FB is nearly impossible. This means I can’t stream tennis ATP or WTA! Dang it..Gotta change this situation before AO!

Margot…Open Bracket season starts Dec. 31st — WTA and ATP. It’s good therapy. http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com/group/view/68/jalep-wildguess

Any one is welcome to join in. It’s not a social media site though…strictly for bracket picking purists/addicts


jalep Says:

Andy Mira — keep spreading the love, darling! ;)


Giles Says:

Exo or no Exo, every match and every win counts. Just ask joker.


AndyMira Says:

@J…Oh no!Just when i want to put my 1st gear with you on FB!No wonder you ‘sounds’ quiet these past 2 days…I thought you’re mad at me or somethin’!…


AndyMira Says:

@J…Don’t you worry baby,no one can survive from my LOVE disease!LET’S HUG!!!!


RZ Says:

I hope it works. My biggest wish is for Andy to win the AO. He’s been in the final so many times that I’d rather see him win there than anywhere else.


J-Kath Says:

Oh dear – Andy is “Serve and Jolly” – On the day he gets a Knighthood he loses his first match of the season , albeit an expo. Am not a happy bunny.

AM: Don’t even think about trying to cheering me up….it will now take another month before I stop sulking.


AndyMira Says:

@JK…I might surprise you!When you wake up,i’m sure you will find something here to cheer you up!WOOOHOOO!!!


lakie Says:

J-Kath, why should you sulk? Andy’s got much at stake and cannot afford to fritter away his energy on exhos. I am glad he is prioritizing.
Arise Sir Andy!Go and capture the AO prize!


lakie Says:

AndyMira Dec 30th @ 10:25am
Thanks for the gift! I do not know how you find the time to work on so many gifts.
As for Okie, sorry, I do not want to have anything to do with a person who claims fake values and is also the 21st century version of an anti.
You do not have to take sides. Please continue to love everyone and spread sunshine!


AndyMira Says:

@JK…Is this can cheer you up?

http://mynamepics.in/result_display.php?name=J-Kath&name2=&id=132

Or this…

http://mynamepics.in/result_display.php?name=J-Kath&name2=&id=26

PS…Attention!Please do not try to wear both items because========it’s just a cake!Heh heh heh!..


AndyMira Says:

@Lakie…I just put my beloved friend’s name in the pic and downloaded it and copied and pasted it..and Voila!There’s your gift!It’s free lakie,i can make a 100′s more for you if you want it..

Regarding Okie…No doubt it saddened me to see you guys can’t get along nicely but i respect your stand lakie..it’s just that,i think Okie is not your match whatsoever my dear lakie…She’s just an adorable,sweet,kind,friendly and funny poster here,and it is very very unfortunate that politics once again be the culprit to soured the once beautiful friendship here…

As for taking sides,you already stole my affection when you defend Okie and willow a while ago…And when we start liking someone,it’s going to be there for the longest time,if not forever!


lakie Says:

Thanks AndyMira. You are like a ray of sunshine on a dark coudy day!


Margot Says:

Hi jalep! I’m in!


AndyMira Says:

Hey M…even though you forgot about my existence for the last 7 days,but i as a true gentlewomen wanna still give you this…

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-fToT8jQMAwQ/VKQZnOzzRUI/AAAAAAAAAUk/Zf8ebCd6B2g/w1024-h768/New-Year-Greeting-Card.jpg

And this,for late christmas present…

http://mynamepics.in/result_display.php?name=Margot&name2=&id=167


AndyMira Says:

And this gift is very special because you accept and treat us[me,okie and willow] as a 2nd class Andy fans without prejudice and bias..

http://mynamepics.in/result_display.php?name=Margot&name2=&id=137


Margot Says:

Andy Mira you are a darling and your “gifts” are so very sweet. But……hon, time for tennis now, OK?


AndyMira Says:

@M…Okay Boss!


Margot Says:

@AM
x
Just off to puzzle out top 10 end 2017 now…..decisions, decisions……dear Andy will still be top natch. ;)


Okiegal Says:

@AM….I have nothing against lakie …..she has the right to her opinion about me and I am OK with that. She seems like a great gal who loves her tennis just like I do. We don’t agree on a few things but then again I agree with a lot of her comments…….

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE. I hope 2017 is prosperous for TX staff and my fellow posters!!


J-Kath Says:

Lakie:

Me Sulking? Absolutely. I’m not a fan of all these honours, many are for political stoogies which degrades the whole system.

Re. Andy – the timing is totally inappropriate – he’s only been No. 1 for 5 minutes – its going to be a point of humour and derision for many people from now on.


J-Kath Says:

AM: Still marvelling at the stunning pics. Thanks.

Looks like your Rafa is back in Spades. Congrats.


Margot Says:

@Kath
Completely agree re these honours. Possibly for ordinary people who’ve done extraordinary things for the communities in which they live, but even then, not really convinced.
Throw back to the middle ages IMHO.


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

I worked for a Bangladesh Health charity when in London. My Boss, who did “bugger all” forced me to nominate him for a gong – it was the best bit of fiction writing I ever did…couldn’t look at myself in the mirror….left soon afterwards.


Giles Says:

Congrats Rafa. Well done.
Yes, that trophy is a little bit too heavy!


AndyMira Says:

@JK 5:18 am…Thank you for your congrats…Don’t dare to say Rafa is back but some of the old quality sure is there now..we’ll see..


lakie Says:

I don’t think Andy got the knighthood because he is #1 . He got it for being the greatest British tennis player ever and going above and beyond every time he plays for his country.
He certainly deserves it.
Napoleon said “Men are ruled by toys”
Never underestimate the value of badges, stripes, knighthoods etc. They mean a lot both to the person getting it as well as to the others.
Andy feels he is too young for such an honor or fears he is not deserving of it. As a matter of fact, many high achievers suffer from the imposter syndrome. From Wikipedia:
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.


J-Kath Says:

On Andy Murray’s knighthood:

Miranda Hart thought the honour was “brilliant”, offering her own comedic take on the gong: “Do we have to curtsy? Because I am known to fart on rising up from a curtsy.”

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