Technical changes boost Murray

Last updated at 13:33 06 January 2008

Andy Murray's winning start to 2008 has been attributed to "technical

changes" made to his game by his new coaching team, according to the

20-year-old's mother Judy.

The British number one triumphed in the season-opening Qatar Open, beating Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-2 for his fourth career ATP Tour title.

Andy Murray

Murray admitted it had been a tough week after an injury-affected 2007 but it was an early success for the new coaching set-up following the split with American Brad Gilbert in November.

Miles Maclagan and Louis Cayer have overseen Murray's progress in Qatar and Judy Murray believes improvements are already evident as the player warms up for the Australian Open by competing in an elite field at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne next week.

"He is quite confident in himself in terms of his physical ability and one or two of the technical changes he has made to his game," Murray's mum told BBC Radio Five Live.

"Louis in particular is very strong on the technical side of the game, he has made a couple of changes on his serve and on his forehand when he goes out to the wide ball.

"These changes are making a big difference to him now.

"One of the things Andy really needed to improve with was first serve

percentage and in doubles it's so important to serve well, and he certainly

served well in Doha."

Cayer is actually coach to Andy's brother Jamie, and when it was suggested Andy had taken away his brother's coach, Judy moved to clarify Cayer's role with the world number 11.

"(Louis) is definitely Jamie's coach - he is more the guru guy (to Andy), the consultant guy, and Miles Maclagan is the coach who does the travelling with him. So far it has worked very well, they are all people (Andy) is comfortable with and has fun with off the court, so yes he's enjoying it."

Next stop for the harmonious 'Team Murray' is the Kooyong Classic.

World number one Roger Federer and American star Andy Roddick are both in the eight-man field, with Judy Murray adding: "(Andy) heads off to Melbourne today, it's an eight-man event where they are guaranteed three matches to warm up

before the Australian Open.

"It's a great field and there are some fantastic matches there."

Murray, who overcame world number four Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the

semi-final, began the match against Wawrinka nervously and both players had

failed to hold serve in the opening three games of the first set.

But with scores level at 3-3 Murray broke the serve of the 22-year-old from

Switzerland and then held his his own to claim the set 6-4.

Wawrinka, who had defeated Murray on clay in Davis Cup competition three years

ago and also on hard court at ATP Masters Series Miami in 2006, battled back to

take the second set 6-4.

The Scot quickly put the second set behind him to break Wawrinka's serve in

first game of the third set and then held his own to take a 2-0 lead.

The world number 11 almost pressed home the advantage in an intense third game

but Wawrinka saved seven break points to remain in touch.

Murray held serve and was then able to capitalise in the seventh game to break

Wawrinka and take a 5-2 lead.

The Swiss was unable to break back as Murray efficiently despatched his final

service game to take the deciding set 6-2 and scoop the £86,000 first prize.