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Top two remain men to beat – Murray

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:09

While the Scot is looking to progress next year, he knows he may have to be content with taking a shot at world number three Novak Djokovic, whom he beat to win the Cincinnati Masters.

“I don’t see a whole lot of weaknesses. Federer is, I’m sure, going to want to try to get his number one spot back, and I’m sure he’s going to want to try to regain his Wimbledon trophy,” said Murray. “Nadal, now that he’s won Wimbledon and the French Open, I’m sure he’s going to give it his best effort to get ready for the Australian Open and US Open.”

He added: “They are going to be huge for him.

“They’re both definitely going to be top five next year, probably one and two again. They’re playing that well and that consistently all the time.”

After losing to Nadal at Wimbledon and in Toronto, Murray beat the Spaniard on his way to the US Open final in a epic match which the Briton ranks alongside Friday’s equally titanic three-hour win over Federer.

“I won some really big matches this year against the best players in the world. Next year I’ll try to improve on that,” added Murray.

“But for me to play against them I’m going to have to get into the semi-finals and finals of the tournaments because of the rankings and the seedings.

“I just hope that I can do that and improve on a lot of things at the end of this year. Hopefully that will make a difference next year.”

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