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Roger Federer is proof I can win Grand Slams for FIVE more years, says World No. 1 Andy Murray

Mirror logo Mirror 11-02-2017 Neil McLeman
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Andy Murray has claimed Roger Federer’s Australian Open triumph shows the Scot can win Grand Slam titles for another five years. 

And the Wimbledon champion hinted he will now follow the Swiss superstar by taking breaks during the season to prolong his career.

The world No 1 yesterday announced he will play Federer at his charity event – Andy Muray Live – in Glasgow in November.

Federer added to his legendary status in the game by winning his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne at the age of 35.

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And Murray, who turns 30 in May, insisted his return to the top is good for the game – and offered some consolation after his own shock fourth-round defeat.

“It is not just Roger who is playing great tennis at 33, 34, 35 years of age - there are a number of players up there just now,” he said.

“I feel ok just now physically. Obviously you can look as well at the break that him and Rafa Nadal both had. That can also prolong your career as well. Looking at certain periods during the year when you have extended breaks so that your body and mind recover and you relax a little bit.

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“That is something that maybe, as I get a bit older, that you look at and take a few more breaks during the year. I don’t see why I can’t keep competing at the highest level for the next few years.”

He added: “I think it’s great Roger and Rafa are competing for Grand Slams again. I think it is going to make for an exciting year and hopefully they can both stay away from injuries.”

Murray had a brief off-season – and then played in Qatar before losing to Mischa Zverev in Melbourne. “There’s definitely things I would have done a bit differently,” he admitted.

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Murray’s first charity night raised £300,000 for Unicef and Young People’s Futures last year.

Asked if he had any advice for Federer before his first appearance in Scotland, Murray said: “Don’t try the fried Mars bars. I tried one of them for the first time last year. It was horrific. Stay away from them.”

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