Fresh from leading Britain to a long-awaited Davis Cup title, Andy Murray is already looking ahead to trying to finally adding an Australian Open title to his collection.
The 28-year-old played more than 100 matches this year and worked overtime against Belgium in Ghent at the weekend to ensure Britain won the trophy for the first time since 1936.
While the Scot intends to enjoy a 10-day break after a punishing season, it will then be straight back to work as he begins looking ahead to the Australian Open in January — a tournament in which he has been runner-up four times in 2010, 2011, 2013 and last year.
“The most important thing is, yes, enjoy it now, but don’t let it go on for like three weeks and stop practising hard and going to the gym and doing everything properly,” the 28-year-old said.
“I need to train really hard in the off-season if I want to have a chance of making this count for next year.
“I hope (winning the Davis Cup) will be an inspiration. It’s definitely given me a boost going into the off-season.
“I’ve been close (in Australia) a number of years. I haven’t won there but I think I’ve often played my best tennis. I really like the conditions, the courts.
“That’s obviously my next big goal.”
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