Life without Gilbert could not have started in better style as Murray lifted the trophy in Doha, his first tournament of 2008.
But a first-round exit at the Australian Open - albeit at the hands of eventual finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - set the tone for an inconsistent season.
He won his next tournament in Marseille - title number five - and then beat world number one Roger Federer for the second time in his career before a disappointing defeat by Nikolay Davydenko in Dubai.
"I don't think he's changed his game a whole lot in two years. I thought he would have."
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