Murray targets Djokovic, Federer improvement

Andy Murray insists there is no shame in losing to Novak Djokovic but has challenged himself to improve against the world number one and Roger Federer.

It has been a consistent season on the ATP Tour for world number two Murray, who has made seven semi-finals from eight Masters events he has entered in 2015.

However, Murray came up short against Djokovic again in Sunday’s Paris Masters final, as the Briton was comprehensively beaten 6-2 6-4.

Murray has now beaten Djokovic just once in their past 11 encounters since his triumph in the 2013 Wimbledon final, while he also lost five times in a row against Federer.

And Murray recognises he must do more to improve his record, saying: “Obviously this year [Novak’s] level has been incredible.

“Since the beginning of last year, my results against him and Roger, from my perspective, haven’t been good enough. I need to do better in those match-ups.

“It’s harder playing against the best players. Those two are two of the greatest players of all time, so there is no disgrace in losing to them.

“But I do feel like I need to start doing better in those match-ups, because the scoreline in the last couple of matches there hasn’t been good.”