Murray targeting 'unbelievable' Djokovic


Andy Murray has described Novak Djokovic's form throughout 2015 as "unbelievable", but the world number two is doing everything he can to close the gap on the imperious Serb.

Djokovic was once again the dominant force on the ATP Tour this year, winning three grand slams and falling just short of making it a clean sweep by losing in the French Open final.

The world number one also collected a record six Masters 1000 titles and finished some 7,640 points clear of Murray in the final ATP rankings of the year.

Djokovic's 2015 began in earnest with a four-set win over Murray in the Australian Open final - the third time he has beaten the Briton in the Melbourne Park showpiece.

But, while lauding Djokovic's achievements over the last 12 months, Murray is determined to find a way to beat his fellow 28-year-old in 2016.

Speaking ahead of playing in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Murray told ABC: "Obviously you want to continue to improve and you always have to look at the best players to try to do that.

"Throughout my career it's obviously been difficult - just the level of the guys that have been around the top of the game has been so high.

"But at the same time it's been lucky in a way because I've had to improve my game every single year and obviously Novak's consistency last year, he made the final in every single tournament, bar one which was his first one of the year in Doha, was unbelievable.

"So I'll need to try and find a way to get closer this year."

Murray begins 2016 with a warm-up match against Gael Monfils on Monday. He feels an early arrival down under, and playing in the Hopman Cup, should benefit his preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.

"I think getting here nice and early is good," Murray continued.

"Obviously conditions here, they're tough, it's been in the mid-30s all of the days we've been here, so for preparation it's great.

"You're guaranteed three singles and three mixed matches, so you get a lot of time on the court. And it gives you time to get over the flight and the jetlag and everything, before the Aussie Open, so I think it's great preparation."