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Murray: "Best Year Of My Career By A Mile"

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Murray© AFP/Getty ImagesAndy Murray finished his season with a semi-final showing at The O2.

World No. 3 Andy Murray saw his breakthrough season come to an end on Sunday after falling 7-6(5), 6-2 to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. But all was not lost for Murray, who reflected that a changed mentality on court has propelled him to greater satisfaction, even in defeat.

“I was going for my shots tonight. In the second set, I didn't hit the ball great, but I was still trying to make things happen, still trying to go for my shots rather than letting him dictate every single point, which sometimes in the past I had done,” said Murray.

“I think that's what I have to be most pleased with because when I had opportunities in big matches this year, I did try and take them. I went for it. I still need to learn sometimes a little bit when that's off and I'm not hitting it as well to rein it in a little bit. That's something that will come with time. But that would be the thing I'm most pleased with, that I've been trying to go out there and win matches rather than waiting for my opponent to lose them.”

The 25 year old etched himself in the history books on numerous occasions in 2012. After becoming the first homegrown player to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938, Murray won his country’s first gold medal for tennis in 104 years at the London 2012 Olympics, avenging his Wimbledon loss to Federer. Murray then capped off a trio of milestones by lifting his first major trophy at the US Open, ending Great Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam titlist.

“I would have liked to have finished with a win. But that didn't happen,” Murray said. “But for me, it's been the best year of my career by a mile. So why I would look back on that negatively now would be silly because I've achieved things I've never achieved before. I have to look back on it positively. If I don't, then that would be worrying.”

Prior to attaining all his new successes, the Dunblane, Scotland native brought in a new coach, eight-time major champion Ivan Lendl, to join Team Murray. Lendl’s appointment began with an immediate triumph at the Brisbane International, but the psychological impact of the former World No. 1 was evident when Murray responded to his Wimbledon disappointment by winning the Olympics and the US Open, ending a run of losses in career-defining finals.

“He's obviously helped me a lot. There's been a lot of decisions made, off‑the‑court decisions that are very important to your career, also decisions when you're out there playing matches, as well,” said Murray.

“Moving over to Spain when I was younger was a very hard decision to make, and that would be up there with this one.  But since I've maybe been on the tour, I think it was a step that I needed to take and was very important to me and helped me get over that final hurdle.”

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