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Murray: I can improve

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:12

The world number four beat Andy Roddick 6-4 6-2 to successfully defend his Qatar Open title in Doha a week after beating the world’s top two, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, en route to winning an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

“I think I’m getting close to playing my best tennis but I still think that could be a year or so away,” Murray told Sportsweek on BBC Radio Five Live.

Such form has seen the Scot installed as favourite for the Australian Open which starts in a week’s time.

However, the 21-year-old insists he can still make a number of improvements to his performances.

Murray added: “There are still things in my game I can definitely improve and that is what is exciting. I just need to keep working on them when I get my practice weeks throughout the year.

“When I go on tour I need to make sure I keep fighting and even when I am not playing my best, try to find a way to win.

“I always said because my game is a little bit more complicated than just playing at the baseline, because I try to use slice shots.

“I don’t have as much power as as some of the other players so I need to use my brain a little bit more to win points. It just takes a little bit more time.”

“Right now I am obviously playing very well but I still think I can improve my net game, I can definitely get stronger and I just think with more experience you mature, so that when it comes to the big matches you consistently play better all the time.”

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