Andy Murray is hoping to take a leaf out of Novak Djokovic’s book by using Davis Cup success to chalk up more Grand Slam wins.
Talking in Ghent the morning after he gave Britain its first Davis Cup win in 79 years by defeating David Goffin in straight sets, Murray said that he was aware of what Djokovic went on to achieve after helping Serbia win the Davis Cup for the first time in 2010.
The following year he produced one of the greatest years in tennis history, winning 10 tournaments including three of the four Grand Slam titles — in the US and Australian Opens and at Wimbledon — and five Masters Series titles.
“He supposedly made the dietary changes in the close season as well with the gluten-free diet,” Murray said of the world number one and fellow 28-year-old.
“Obviously I will try as much as I can for next year. Enjoy it now but don`t let it go on for three weeks.
“It will definitely give me a boost going into the off season. It would have been a difficult one to lose so it`s a great way to end the year.”
Murray said he had no regrets over having made playing in the Davis Cup very much his priority in the latter half of the season, even though it meant he failed to add to his haul of Grand Slam titles, which remains stuck at two since his 2013 Wimbledon triumph.
He won all 11 Davis Cup rubbers he played in – all of them live ones – including eight singles and three doubles. Three of those points came in the win over Belgium at the weekend.
It had been, he said, one of the most emotionally rewarding moments of his life on Sunday when he hit the winning lob over Goffin at match point.
“It was a nicer feeling than after Wimbledon,” he said.