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Hutchins: Murray Wimbledon win meant more than beating cancer

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Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer a year ago © PA Photos
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Ross Hutchins admits Andy Murray triumphing at Wimbledon meant more to him than beating cancer.

The Briton is preparing to return to the circuit after missing 2013 battling with Hodgkin's lymphoma, but says Murray's victory at SW19 helped him take the worries of fighting cancer off his mind.

Murray became the first British male in 77 years to win Wimbledon, and clinched his second grand slam following on from the 2012 US Open.

"None of that is as important as Andy winning Wimbledon," Hutchins told BBC Sport. "It was amazing to become healthy, but that was the most incredible moment of the year. Cancer and the whole treatment, you forget about it."

Hutchins is aiming to make his comeback at the Brisbane International at the end of the month, and is set to resume his partnership in the doubles with Colin Fleming, who between them have won three titles and reached the last eight at the US Open and Wimbledon.

After overcoming cancer, Hutchins is targeting top spot in the world rankings with Fleming.

"We want to be the number one team in the world," he said. "I know a lot of people say that but we feel like we have the game plan and we're still relatively young in the game of doubles.

"I hope my experiences over the past 12 months can help give us that 10% extra to take us from a top 10 team to a really, really top team who are pushing for grand slam titles and Masters series title.

"It's something that's a big goal of ours and something we've planned all year. We're looking to 2014 with a real thirst for success, desperate to take on the world and almost come back with a bang. We've beaten pretty much everyone in the world and I do feel like we can be number one in the world."

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