Andy Murray is looking forward to making another bid for a title that has stubbornly remained just out of reach when he returns to take part in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month.
His best run at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships came when he returned in 2012 and advanced all the way to the final, beating Tomas Berdych in the quarters and then defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semis before losing to Federer in two closely contested sets.
Although he skipped the next two years, Murray loves being in Dubai and even took time to practise on the courts of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium at the turn of the year while preparing for an exhibition event in Bahrain.
“Last year, for me, was quite difficult,” he admitted on his website.
“I was coming back from surgery at the start of the year and then I started working with a new coach, Amelie Mauresmo, just before Wimbledon. Then at the end of the season I made a few changes to my team.
So, there were a lot of things to deal with but now, after the Christmas break, I feel good again. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I have felt this good. In terms of my mindset, I’d say a very long time.”
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