Andy Murray has suffered his fifth defeat in the finals of the Australian Open at the hands of now six-time champion Novak Djokovic, 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) on Sunday.
Despite Murray’s defeat in five Australian Open finals, with four of them against Djokovic, the British tennis star said he was happy with the way he fought at this year’s first grand slam tournament in Melbourne.
Speaking at a press conference after Sunday’s Australian Open final, Murray talked about the problems he encountered early in his three-set loss to Djokovic. He said that things had been tough for him going into the championship match.
Being away from his wife, Kim Sears, had been difficult for the top-ranked British tennis star. He also had to visit his father-in-law, Nigel Sears, at a hospital after the latter had collapsed during the women’s singles match between Ana Ivanovic and Madison Keys.
“A lots been going on,” Murray said. “You know, I started the last couple of matches quite slowly, I think understandable in some respects. Obviously, you know, it’s not good to begin matches like that against someone like Novak. But you know, I’m proud of the way I fought and managed to get myself back into the match and create chances for myself, but yeah, obviously didn’t start particularly well.”
Murray is the second player to have lost five finals in the same grand slam tournament in the Open Era. The Briton’s former coach, Ivan Lendl, is the first player to lose five finals at the US Open.
Murray is bound to London to be with Sears for the birth of the first child on the second week of February. According to the schedule posted on his official website, Murray will return to compete in the first round of the 2016 Davis Cup from March 4 to March 6, 2016.
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