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Murray Finds Positives Despite Loss in AO Finals

Despite going down to Novak Djokovic in yesterday's Australian Open Men's Final, Andy Murray took away a lot of positives from his two weeks in Melbourne.

By Erik Gudris

Andy Murray (January 28th, 2013) - After famously shedding tears in his last two trips to the podium after losing in the Australian Open Men's Finals, Andy Murray managed to crack a smile yesterday while holding up the finalist's trophy at Rod Laver Arena.

Murray lost in four sets yesterday to Novak Djokovic who claimed his fourth Australian Open title. But the normally dour-faced Scot admitted he looked more upbeat during the trophy ceremony than he did in his two previous trips to the finals in 2010 and 2011.

"Well, I mean, there's going to be some obvious reasons for me feeling a little bit better," Murray said in his post-match press conference. "I mean, the last few months have been the best tennis of my life. I mean, I made Wimbledon final, won the Olympics, won the US Open. You know, I was close here as well. It was close."

Murray's demeanor during yesterday's finals was a marked improvement than when he last faced Djokovic in the 2011 finals. That encounter ended in a straight sets loss that had Murray often looking angry and sometimes bewildered on court. Murray said that now he felt more composed and sure of himself competing in a Major final including when faced off against Djokovic in New York last summer where Murray won his first Grand Slam title.

"I mean, I said before the U.S. Open match I was unbelievably nervous beforehand and was doubting, you know, myself a lot. I didn't go on the court today having those doubts. I went on the court and felt pretty calm from the beginning of the match.  I was obviously still nervous, but I think I just felt  I don't know more at home in a match like that on a court like that when you're playing, you know, for a Grand Slam title. I mean, the first few times I played for a Grand Slam, U.S. Open and here, you know, I definitely struggled with it. Now I feel more comfortable."

Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl, also viewed yesterday's performance as a step in the right direction for his charge.

"I’m obviously not happy that he didn’t win, but I thought he had a very good tournament altogether. He played a tough match with Roger, played a very tough match with Novak, and he did very well the first five matches as well. I just hope Andy will keep putting himself in position and something will come his way again." (Source: Telegraph UK)

(Photo Credit: EPA)


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