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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