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Murray on a mission to take down rivals

January 02, 2015 08:51:04 UK

Andy Murray has said he will take inspiration from veteran and great rival Roger Federer in his efforts to get back on top of the men’s elite in 2015.

The British number one opened his campaign for the new year by beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-4 in the opening match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The 27-year-old will start the new season as world number six, as multiple major winner Federer did just 12 months ago before he bounced back by winning five titles.

“The thing with Roger is he doesn’t give up,” Murray told reporters. “He had a very tough season last year, and it would have been easy for him to look at things and think: ‘OK, I’ve had a great time, maybe it’s time to call it a day’, but he didn’t.”

Seasoned tennis observers feared Swiss superstar Federer was coming to the end of his distinguished career in 2013 when he won only won title.

He will start 2015 as the world number two and Murray, who faces world number three Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, said he can learn from 33-year-old Federer’s renaissance.

He added: “He went away with his team and addressed the issues and came back stronger than ever. No matter how old you are or successful you have been, there is always more to learn and always things you can work on to improve yourself, and I think Roger has shown that this year.”

Andy Murray is currently priced 7.50 in the Australian Open 2015 tournament winner outright betting.

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