Murray in determined mood

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 14:10 GMT

Andy Murray will focus all his energies on winning the final point in his matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London this week after developing an unwelcome habit since becoming a grand slam champion in New York two months ago.

Murray: Going for glory in London

The Scot has played in three tournaments since winning the US Open, in Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, and in all of them he has held match points in clashes he went on to lose.

In Tokyo it was a semi-final meeting with Canada's Milos Raonic, then a classic final in Shanghai against Novak Djokovic where he had five chances to win, before last week he lost to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz at the Paris Masters.

This run has also come after Murray talked about how confident he normally feels in finishing off matches.

The 25-year-old said: "I did say in Shanghai when you speak about things like that it's bound to go against you. I'm aware how hard it is to finish matches off. It's not an easy thing to do.

"In Shanghai I didn't just play against Novak, I played three matches previously. I've played hundreds and hundreds of matches on tour and sometimes it's going to go your way, sometimes it's not.

"I don't feel in the match with Novak I did too much wrong. I was disappointed with last week, I didn't feel like I focused as hard as I needed to when I was serving for the match.

"That's something this week I'll make sure I play one point at a time, take my time and fight for every single point. I need to try to do a better job of that."

Murray may not have made much impact in Paris with his tennis but the 25-year-old did cause a bit of a stir with his comments about cycling and drug-testing in sport.

They were taken as a slur on cycling in some quarters and Murray took to Twitter to explain himself in the face of criticism from a few cycling fans.

The Scot has plenty of experience of remarks being interpreted in a different way to what he intended, notably with a joke he made about the England football team in 2006.

Murray said: "What happened in cycling is pretty shocking and you just want to make sure you can completely rule anything like that out in your own sport, because I love tennis, so you'd hate for anything like that to happen.

"A lot of things you can say may come across the wrong way. It's not always easy when you're in a room filled with people and you get asked a question you have to answer straight away.

"One or two words can make something you meant in the right way come across badly. I try my best to not make any silly comments or say anything jokingly that may be taken out of context.

"It's unfortunate it comes across that way sometimes. I'll just try better to not make any more mistakes like that."

Murray opens proceedings in the singles competition at the World Tour Finals tomorrow afternoon against Czech Tomas Berdych, with Djokovic taking on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the other Group A clash in the evening.

The tournament is being held at the O2 Arena for the fourth year after London signed a five-year contract to take over from Shanghai in 2009.

It has been a huge success, with organisers expecting even bigger attendances this year, and a deal to extend the contract is thought to be not far away from being signed.

Murray said: "If it does stay here then that's obviously good. I think they do a great job here, they put on an excellent show and everyone seems to enjoy it.

"From a players' point of view, because we've finished the year in Europe, it's nice to have a tournament of this size being convenient, you wouldn't want it being a hassle for guys to go to. London has been a great spot."


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