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Murray hoping to match Federer's longevity

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Andy Murray is training for the 2013 season in Miami with Ivan Lendl © Getty Images
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Andy Murray fears the epic battles he enjoyed with Novak Djokovic last season could ultimately cut his career short.

The world No. 3 is currently in Miami training for the 2013 season, when he will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet, having won his first grand slam at the US Open in September, beating Djokovic in five sets in a match just shy of five hours.

Murray, 25, can boast to be one of the fittest players on the ATP Tour, but he has revealed he is working with coach Ivan Lendl on shortening rallies to ease the strain on his body.

Roger Federer continues to defy expectations and won his 17th grand slam at the age of 30, beating Murray in the Wimbledon final, and the Scot hopes to emulate his rival and continue playing into his 30s.

"It's getting so physical -- if you're playing longer points it's going to have an effect on the length of your career," Murray said in the Sun.

"I think I'll be able to hang around for four or five or six years."

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