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Murray eyes 2010 Grand Slam glory


Murray aims for Grand Slam breakthrough

Andy Murray has told BBC Scotland that his main target for 2010 is Grand Slam success after seeing an upturn in his game this year.

"Over the year, everything was better," he said. "I won more tournaments, I got to my highest ranking and my record against the top players improved.

"I had three tough losses in the Grand Slams. Hopefully, I can turn that round next year and draw on the experience.

"I'm going to go away, work hard and get myself ready to win a Grand Slam."

Murray ended the year ranked the fourth best player in the world but was up at number two for a while, following his Montreal Masters victory in August.

"Obviously, getting to number two was great," he added on a rare trip back to Scotland. "I was a bit unlucky picking up a wrist injury straight after and I missed the best part of nine weeks of tournaments.

"Getting to number two was great and hopefully, next year, I can go higher."

Murray's next tilt at a Grand Slam comes in January at the Australian Open, where he lost in the fourth round to Fernando Verdasco this year.

On achieving success in one of the four major tournaments in tennis, Murray said: "I believe I'm going to do it but I'm trying not to rush it.

"I always said I'd play my best tennis between 23 and 27 and I'm 23 next year.

"I go over to Miami on Sunday to start training and go out to Australia on the 29th."

Murray was speaking during a visit to Broomhill Primary School in Glasgow and he was also quizzed by pupils.


When asked what he wanted from Santa by one youngster, he smiled and said: "It's a good question. I'd quite like a Wimbledon trophy. I don't know, I haven't thought about it too much."

Asked whether he had been good this year, Murray replied: "I've been pretty good. I'm pretty sure Santa comes to Miami as well so I'll look forward to that.

"I'm only going to be with my coach on Christmas Day and he's a little bit of a scrooge so I'm not sure I'll be getting too many presents.

"One of the reasons why I'm spending Christmas over in the States and going over to Australia early is to make sure I'm in the best shape possible going into the Grand Slams."

Murray clearly enjoyed the reception he got on his only visit to Scotland this year.

"My family are always telling me the support I get back home is fantastic," he explained.

"It's always nice to come home but I don't get to spend enough time here. I miss friends and family and I miss the people - they have always been really friendly."

Although still prone to the odd burst of racket rage on court, Murray has matured in the last 12 months and is determined not to dwell on any disappointments as he strives for more success.

"It's important to move forward and not worry too much about the past," he added.

"There are other things in life from tennis so, if things aren't going well on the court, I can still enjoy myself and have a good time away from it.

"I work as hard as I can at my job and I love it, but there's always time to step back and think about other things that are more important."

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