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Andy Murray hopes Davis Cup win can be springboard to 2016 success

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Andy Murray hopes he can emulate Novak Djokovic in turning Davis Cup success into a stellar season in 2016.

Djokovic's elevation to the top of the world game began after he helped Serbia win their first Davis Cup five years ago.

The following season he won three grand slam titles and has been the dominant force pretty much ever since, reaching 15 of the last 20 slam finals.

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Murray had the most consistent season of his career in 2015 and finished it ranked number two in the world for the first time, but a slam title eluded him.

Asked if the Davis Cup could be a springboard, he told Press Association Sport: "I hope so. I'll obviously try to use it as much as I can for next year.

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"The most important thing is, yes, enjoy it now, but don't let it go on for like three weeks and stop practising hard and going to the gym and doing everything properly.

"I need to train really hard in the off-season if I want to have a chance of making this count for next year. But it's definitely given me a boost going into the off-season."

The first major target for Murray will be the Australian Open in only seven weeks' time. The Scot reached the final for the fourth time this year but again came away on the losing side.

Before that, Murray is planning to rest for 10 days before heading to Dubai for a warm-weather training block and then back home for Christmas.

It is a tight turnaround, but the 28-year-old is optimistic there will not be any lingering effects going into 2016, particularly because he is not planning to play any events in February while he takes time away for the birth of his first child.

Murray said: "I just need to make sure I get the rest right now because I've played so much tennis. If I do rest, it's not like I'm going to lose all of the match fitness that I've built up over this year.

"I've played more matches this year than any other year and my body's responded really well to it, which is good. In February I know that I'm not going to be playing any events.

"I can rest now, start training for Australia and give everything I've got there and then I know I get a break. It might not be so much of a break but I'll be away from the court for a few weeks."

Murray described the achievement of winning Britain's first Davis Cup for 79 years as the most emotional of his career and was keen to ensure it was properly celebrated.

He said of the celebrations: "It was good. We all stayed in the hotel and all of our friends and family came round and we were just in a room in the hotel lobby.

"A lot of the fans that came over were staying in this hotel or hotels nearby so they were in the bar area and we got to chat and spend a bit of time with them as well, so it was really nice."

Aside from Murray, who won 11 of Britain's 12 points this year, captain Leon Smith has been the central figure in the Davis Cup fairytale.

He has overseen a remarkable rise from the brink of relegation to the bottom tier of the competition when he took over in 2010 to the top of the world.

Not surprisingly, the Lawn Tennis Association wants Smith to stay in the role, but it would be understandable if he felt this was the perfect time for a change.

However, the Scot, who has ambitions to coach on the tour, insisted he has no current plans to resign and is already preparing for next year's first-round tie against Japan.

He said: "There's been so much gone into this year but also the years gone by that I've not thought anything about it. I've just really been focused on helping the whole group trying to achieve what they've done. That's it.

"I just want to enjoy this and see what happens. We've already booked the stadium for March. We're well down the route for now, but who knows?"

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