Murray keen to make his mark in Abu Dhabi
World No. 1 determined to start new season with a title
Andy Murray may have only just brought a memorable campaign to a close in London, but the world No. 1 is already targeting victory in his first tournament of the new season in Abu Dhabi.
The Scot has enjoyed a memorable year, adding to his major haul when triumphing at Wimbledon and then defending his Olympic gold medal in Rio.
He also made sure he ended the season as the top-ranked player on the men’s tour thanks to a stunning straight sets victory over long-time rival Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour final.
Now Murray plans on taking a short break before returning to action in the UAE capital when he features in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
“I’m now taking some time to rest before shifting focus to the next season, which for me starts in Abu Dhabi,” said Murray.
“I’ve played [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga and [David] Goffin a couple of times this season and I know that a final for me in Abu Dhabi certainly isn’t a given.
“I’ll be watching their day one match closely to see what game they’ve brought to the tournament as players tend to try new things there.
“It’s a chance to experiment and put what you’ve been working on in the off-season to the test against some great players, which is what makes it such an exciting tournament.”
Murray has received a first-round bye in the Abu Dhabi tournament and will play the winner of Tsonga and Goffin for a place in the final.
The 29-year-old will play in the event for the fifth time, having triumphed twice before in 2009 and 2015.
Also bidding for the winner takes all prize of $250,000 will be world No. 4 Milos Raonic, defending champion and 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal and big-hitting Tomas Berdych.
‘I’m taking time to rest before shifting focus to next season.’ – ANDY MURRAY