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Murray: Olympic glory better than slam win

ESPN staff
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Andy Murray says winning doubles gold with brother Jamie at London 2012 would be the pinnacle of his career, with the Scot declaring "it could not get any better" if he triumphed at this summer's Games.

Murray was officially selected to compete for Team GB at the forthcoming Olympics on Thursday, and the world No. 4 immediately targeted winning a medal as one of his "major goals".

It remains to be seen whether he will be picked to partner his sibling in the men's doubles, with Murray hopeful they will have the chance of bettering their showing of four years ago, when they were beaten in the second round at the Beijing Olympics.

"It could not get any better than winning my home Olympics with Jamie," the 25-year-old told the Mirror.

"It's so far away but I know what it was like watching Jamie winning Wimbledon mixed here when I wasn't even playing, and that was fairly emotional for me so I can't imagine what it would be like winning an Olympic medal. I saw [Novak] Djokovic in tears in Beijing [when he won bronze].

"That doesn't happen if it is the semi-final of a Grand Slam. Within tennis, a Grand Slam is probably more prestigious. But in general, to the whole world, a gold medal is the pinnacle of sport.

"Who knows if I will be able to hold back the tears if we get a medal? Who knows?"

As a doubles pairing, the Murray brothers have won two ATP titles, in Valencia in 2010 and in Tokyo last year, and Andy is hopeful a successful doubles campaign will boost his chances of glory in the singles.

"Always when I play doubles with Jamie, I want to do well," he added. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well because I know it can help him and it's also his career as well. To get the chance to play with him at an Olympics is going to be great but, at the same time, fairly stressful. Hopefully, the doubles goes well, because if it doesn't then the singles will become a bit tougher."

Murray's experience of playing at an Olympics is not a memorable one - having arrived in China off the back of winning the ATP Masters in Cincinnati he lost in the first round of the singles to little-known Lu Yen-Hsun of Chinese Taipei.

"I think it gave me a lot of motivation and also an understanding of how important the Olympics is to a tennis player," Murray added. "When I lost there I know how disappointed I was. After you go back to your room in the Olympic village and there's a table of who's won and lost and which medals have been won, you feel you've kind of not contributed.

"It's tough and I didn't like it so I want to try and do better this time. It was a bit of an eye opener. Maybe I got a bit wrapped up in it. You need to be selfish and do your own thing and make sure you're prepared as best you can for your matches. Because I wasn't used to being around other sports and other athletes, I was maybe not as focused as I will be this time.

"What being a good team member is performing the best in your sport and making sure that you give yourself the best chance at winning a medal and that's what I'll do this time. I was very disappointed when I finished so early in Beijing but it also gave me a kick up the bum and I ended up doing well at the US Open afterwards."

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