Andy Murray won't use scheduling as an excuse

Britain's Andy Murray in action in his semifinal match against Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 25, 2013
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British number one Andy Murray says that he will not use scheduling as an excuse if he is beaten by Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Australian Open final.

Andy Murray has insisted that he will not use scheduling as an excuse if he is beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.

The British number one needed five sets to overcome Roger Federer on Friday, while Djokovic, who took just 88 minutes to beat David Ferrer in straight sets, played his last-four match 24 hours earlier.

"You just try your best to be in the best possible condition for Sunday," said Murray.

"Realistically you're probably not going to feel perfect because of how the semi went, but it's not to say you can't recover well enough to play your best tennis."

Murray has beaten Djokovic in seven of their 17 previous meetings.

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
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10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
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13Belgium David Goffin2,525
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