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Murray Injects Himself Into 'Elite' Debate

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Two years in a row, Andy Murray left Melbourne a loser in the final of the Australian Open and fell into the most awful funk until the clay court swing roused his spirits. On Friday, in two excellent sets in Dubai, he blitzed the unblitzable Novak Djokovic, his conqueror in a titanic semi-final in Australia only a couple of months ago. No early-season blues, then, for Murray in 2012, which may turn out to be his breakthrough year.

He has a new coach in Ivan Lendl, and a new attitude. The Sultan of Sulk was nowhere to be seen in the desert on Friday as he set...

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