After becoming the first British man to win a tennis grand slam in 76 years as well as the first British Olympic champion in over 100 years, you’d say that Andy Murray had a pretty good year.

But the world number 3, currently in Abu Dhabi for an end of year exhibition series, is hungry for more glory, starting with next month’s Australian Open.

"I try to set myself short term goals and that was the Australian Open and I think I've played well there in the past, I like the surface there and the conditions. It's up to me to train well and try and play some matches the next few weeks and get myself in good shape for that. But obviously the goal is to try and win the Australian Open."

Murray’s heroic efforts to win the US Open and London 2012 gold came with wins over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, currently the number 1 and 2 ranked men’s tennis players. Murray himself has never held the number 1 ranking, with the Scot insisting it was winning tournaments rather than achieving the top ranking, that spurred him on.

"My focus is on the tournaments and actually preparing for them and giving myself the best chance to do well in them. And by doing that you give yourself a chance of improving your ranking. So I don't want to be adding extra tournaments to my schedule and missing out training weeks or rest weeks just to try and reach number one."

Murray will head to Brisbane on 6 January to play in his first official tournament of the year, a contest which he hopes will provide the prefect preparation for the Australian Open a week later.

 

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner