According to Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic will be the man to beat at the Australian Open. Asked during his pre-tournament press conference in Doha who will be the main threat in the first Grand Slam of the year, Murray replied, 'I would say Novak. Obviously his record in Australia has been incredible. He’s won six times is it? Yeah, he’s had an amazing record there over the years and obvious won a number of finals against me, too. So I would expect him to play very well there.'
Murray feels it won't be easy to be the world no. 1 as he has only 630 points more than Djokovic. 'I had a great sort of four, five months at the end of last year and I still only got to No1 by one match basically at the end the year. So I know it will be very tough to stay there.'
However, Djokovic won't be the only one who will try do well. Rafael Nadal won the title in the Abu Dhabi exhibition. 'His comeback will be interesting. Last year he was unlucky. He was playing very well again and I think that it was during the clay-courts season that he got injured.'
As for Federer, the world no. 1 said he wishes that Roger comes back to his best level. 'Such a talented player will surely comeback to his standards, maybe not since the beginning but we will see him play a great tennis. He loves the sport.'
Murray started his season, although unofficially, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where he lost to David Goffin 7-6, 6-4 before beating Milos Raonic in the third/fourth place final. Andy wasn't worried much about his loss to Goffin. 'I do think it’s always tough to judge sometimes, because the quality of the tennis is good but there is not like the pressure sort of in the outcome of, I don’t know, decisions you make on the court. Sometimes your shot selection maybe in those matches isn’t quite as good. Sometimes guys are playing a little bit – I don’t know, taking a little bit more risks sometimes. It’s not always that easy to judge. But in terms of like my ball striking and stuff, I was hitting the ball pretty clean. I was happy with that. I think I could still move a little bit better.'
Murray will play his first match in Doha on Tuesday against Jeremy Chardy.
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