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Andy Murray column

Rafa Nadal celebrates after beating Andy Murray

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ATP World Tour Finals
Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 21-28 November
Coverage: One match each day live on BBC TV, streamed online & available through iPlayer; text commentary online and on mobiles for every singles match via BBC Sport website; every singles match live on 5 live sports extra.

By Andy Murray
World number five and British number one

ATP World Tour Finals semi-finals:
Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (8-6)

The atmosphere during Saturday's match against Rafa was one of the best I've ever played in and I'm just very, very disappointed I wasn't able to win.

It was such a long and emotional match - it wasn't like he got way ahead and I came back into it, it was really close throughout, so it's emotionally very stressful as well. The third set was especially tense because he went up and I managed to come back, and the way it was finishing with a lot of big-hitting and shot-making really got the crowd going.

When you play indoors you get that sort of eruption after points and changing round at 6-6 in the tie-break, it was something pretty special.

You do your best and you obviously want to win for yourself, for the people there, and I wasn't able to - but it was a great match and that's what I have to try and take from it in a few days' time.

I've got to look back and think it's been a good year overall, bar the US Open, which was terrible. It was a bit inconsistent throughout but at two of the four Grand Slams I had a chance of winning.

The Australian Open was very good, Wimbledon was very good and then I won in Toronto and, after New York, in Shanghai too. And it was great to end the year playing well in London with two good wins and a very tough match against Rafa.

I've now got about five days at home before I leave for Miami, possibly via the Bahamas depending on whether I play in a charity event there first. This time next week I'll already be back in training and thinking about 2011.

I go to Miami every year at this time and I plan to work even harder than ever. That might involve longer sessions, more hours, and just making sure everything is even more professional.

It's been great all year and I want to say thanks a lot to everyone for that

Andy Murray

I think we're already incredibly professional in tennis in looking into nutrition, what we eat, the amount of calories we take on, what we do in the gym. It can even come down to making sure I'm sleeping properly. I'll just have to speak to the guys I work with and make sure they work me even harder.

As for the coach situation, I'll have a think about it over the next couple of weeks. I need someone that can make me a better player and that I enjoy being around. You spend a lot of time with a coach so it's a big decision.

I'll be out in Miami for Christmas and I've got quite a few friends out there, but I'm not sure yet whether I'll see my family - it's one of the sacrifices you have to make, unfortunately. It does mean the present situation can be a bit tricky. I actually love going and buying presents, especially for my brother, but I don't normally get much back from him. "Tough love" is what he calls it.

After Christmas I'll head to Australia for the new season, and I'm going to start at the Hopman Cup in Perth again.

It's an international team event and, like last year, I'm going to play with Laura Robson. She's very young so she's had a year to improve and it's actually a pretty strong field this year - Novak Djokovic, John Isner and Gael Monfils are playing - so it should be a really good start to the year. You're guaranteed to play three singles, three doubles and it's usually 40C down there so on the off days you get good training weather.

I also need to make up for last year when we finished runners-up to Spain, so Laura missed out on the diamonds you get for winning. She wasn't happy!

The other great thing about playing in Australia is there are loads of Brits there, so the support is always amazing. It's been great all year and I want to say thanks a lot to everyone for that.

Now I need to check up on my fantasy football - Man United winning 7-1 doesn't do me much good as I've only got Nani - and see how I got on against Lawro in the weekend's Premier League predictions. I'm a bit nervous, I think it's going to be pretty close.


Andy Murray was talking to Piers Newbery and has contributed to regular columns throughout the ATP World Tour Finals



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