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Murray aims to end career-best year on a high

Published on Sep 30, 2012 9:58 PM
Andy Murray of Britain speaks during a news conference for the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo on Sept 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Andy Murray has promised to end the year on a high after a career-best season in which he captured Olympic gold and ended Britain's 76-year wait for a men's grand slam champion.

The 25-year-old begins his defence of the Japan Open title on Monday in Tokyo, where he faces Frenchman Gael Monfils in his first match since his New York triumph earlier this month.

"It will be a tough first match against Monfils," Murray told reporters. "I've played him I think five times and lost to him a couple of times. He's a great athlete."

The Scot, who also reached his first Wimbledon final this year, said he was hungry for more success before looking back at a job well done in 2012.

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