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AO 2013 F: Andy Murray [3] vs Novak Djokovic [1]


Thanks for the video, Linda Smile
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Yeah just a bit zarfeen!!! So silly.....
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Wait, did it happen twice??
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@Simone - welcome to MW and thanks for bringing a court-side perspective.  It was very good to read that.  I really do think it's to Andy's credit that he's refusing to suggest that injuries had anything to do with it and instead that it was about him not taking his chances.  It suggests too that he and Ivan will see it as a learning experience ie how will they make sure that next time he does take those chances.  As a next time there is bound to be.
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Judy and Jamie are class acts:

judy murray‏@judmoo

Congrats @DjokerNole. Incredible athlete. Perfect gentleman. #ausopen


Jamie Murray‏@jamie_murray

Congrats to @DjokerNole incredible player and achievement! 3 Aussie Opens in a row. Treat yourself.
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Jamie Murray‏@jamie_murray

Great effort and tournament from Andy. He'll be back!
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Seem like such nice people-the whole family.
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TJ, I could kiss you lol
For now, let us just stick with this hug

Oh, I'm always up for being kissed, but I don't get many hugs so I'm delighted with that lol.
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There is a piece in the Telegraph today quoting Lendl talking about the final. If it isn't already on the article thread by now I'll find it and add it there. He's very wise on the subject, mentions the fact that there was only 13 points in it, which comes down to chances here and there. He also seems very positive about Andy going forward over time.
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I'd like to say huge congratulations to Andy for making the final. A few points here and there in the middle of the match and the result might have been different. On points total it was very close.

But it's all a learning curve and I know that Andy learns from every single thing and experience, so I'm sure it will only act as a motivation to improve and get even better.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Andy during the tournament and I'm super excited for the rest of the season Smile
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  Nice piece in the record here on unlucky white feather!
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Blistering pain but no regrets for Andy Murray following defeat to Novak Djokovic

Positive British No 1 refuses to blame painful Open final defeat on injuries as Djokovic confirms his position as best in the world with third successive Australian title

Paul Newman  Melbourne Park
Monday 28 January 2013
Floating feather and a backhand miss will haunt runner-up

Azarenka makes a powerful point to hostile crowd
James Lawton: Murray has only one real problem – the utter brilliance of deadly Djokovic

Agassi tips Murray to build on US victory
Tears have flowed when Andy Murray has lost Grand Slam finals in the past, but the worst pains the Scot felt here last night were in his blistered right foot and his sore left hamstring.

Murray's horizons have changed irrevocably since he ended his wait for a Grand Slam title in New York last summer and even after his 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Novak Djokovic in yesterday's Australian Open final the world No 3 kept his disappointment in perspective.

Although he had failed to become the first man for 57 years to follow up his maiden Grand Slam victory by winning the next event, Murray was determined to take the positives from his third defeat in four years in the final of the season's opening Grand Slam tournament.

Not only had he beaten Roger Federer in a Grand Slam match for the first time in the semi-finals, he had also become the first man in the Open era to reach the final in the next tournament after winning his first major title.

"The last few months have been the best tennis of my life," Murray said, refusing to be downcast after Djokovic had managed to reverse their US Open final result.

"I made the Wimbledon final, won the Olympics, won the US Open. I was close here as well. I know no one's ever won a Slam immediately after winning their first one. It's not the easiest thing to do and I got extremely close.

"I have to try and look at the positives of the last few months and I think I'm going in the right direction. This is the first time I've beaten Roger in a Slam over five sets.

"I think I dealt with the situations and the ebbs and flows in that match well. I felt much more comfortable on the court today than I did even at the US Open, so that has to be a positive.

"Before the US Open final I was unbelievably nervous and was doubting 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.

"I was obviously still nervous, but I think I felt more at home in a match like that on a court like that, playing for a Grand Slam title.

"The first few times I played for a Grand Slam, at the US Open and here, I definitely struggled with it. Now I feel more comfortable."

There was certainly no shame in losing to Djokovic, who underlined his status as the world's best player by becoming the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles.

The 25-year-old Serb has won four of his six Grand Slam titles on these courts.

Murray has now lost five of his six Grand Slam finals, but three were against the greatest player ever in Federer and two have been against Djokovic, who is rapidly joining the ranks of the all-time best.

That is the downside of playing in one of the greatest eras in men's tennis. Even in Federer's early days the Swiss won Grand Slam finals against the likes of Mark Philippoussis (world No 48), Marat Safin (No 86) and Marcos Baghdatis (No 54); now it has almost become the norm for two of the world's top four to reach every Grand Slam final.

Djokovic is one of the few players who appears to get stronger the longer a match goes on and the world No 1 took full advantage of Murray's physical difficulties.

It was clear that the Scot was suffering in the latter stages with both a tight hamstring and a blistered foot. He had tweaked the hamstring during his victory over Federer on Friday night, which at four hours was the longest match he had played since the US Open.

"It's just a bit sore when you're running around, but it's not something that stops you from playing," Murray said.

"That's what happens with fatigue. You get sore, you get tired. You don't feel perfect when you step on the court every single time.

"When you play the rallies like we did tonight, along with the match with Roger, that's what happens. It's part and parcel of playing these big events against the best players in the world. With how physical the game is just now, that's just part of it."

At the end of the second set Murray sent for the trainer to treat a blister on his right foot.

It was clear for the rest of the match that he was suffering whenever he had to stop or change direction. He did not chase down drop shots as effectively as he usually does and when driven out wide he struggled to return the ball with his usual venom.

"There are certain things that hurt when you run or hit the ball, especially blisters, but it's not something that stops you from playing or stops you from running for balls," he insisted.

"Ninety per cent of the players on the tour will have played this tournament with some sort of blister or problem. It had no bearing at all on the result."

Murray said he also had no complaints about the scheduling, which gave him one day less than Djokovic to prepare for the final, although he added: "Anyone who watches the game will know that in any sport if you have longer to recover from matches then the better obviously."

Djokovic, who within four hours of victory was on a flight back to Europe to prepare for Serbia's Davis Cup tie in Belgium next weekend, said that he had served better in the first two sets than he had in any match in the last two years.

He added: "I tried to be more aggressive, so I went for my shots, especially in the third and fourth, and came to the net quite often. I needed to be the one who dictates the play."

Ivan Lendl, Murray's coach, insisted that his man had had a very good tournament and was continuing to improve.

"It's disappointing not to win but you just have to keep putting yourself in those situations and some of them will come your way eventually," Lendl said.

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Murray really dominated the first set and a half,

It is a joke isn it? Novak had 5 breakballs in the first set and Andy none, but Murray still somehow dominated in the first set, oh my,oh my:)
I am Novaks fan and I think that Novak and Murray played one really bad match. Cmon boys, over 100 UE in the game, it is a disaster.
Sorry for my bad english.
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Thank you for that. Don't misunderstand me, I am disappointed, not for me, or any of us to be honest, but for Andy, but I still believe there are more reasons to be positive than negative.

I am in no doubt that Andy WILL be a multi-slam winner. Nothing about today changes my view on that. As far as I can see, anyone who does think that Andy somehow fluked the USO and that will he his lot, either doesn't know the sport or has no idea about Andy. I'm not saying it will be easy, I've never thought majors will now fall into his lap, but I still believe it will happen. Bring on Wimbledon if you ask me, because Andy is better on the grass than Novak.

All Andy needs to remember over the next few days (although I am sure he will be fine) is that he has done it once and can do it again. He needs to remember that he doesn't have to justify himself to anyone any more, he is a brilliant, brilliant tennis player who belongs at the top of the game right alongside Novak. Indeed, in a year or two I think Andy will be better than Novak, it's just a matter of stringing a few things together. Rome wasn't built in a day apparently, and neither are multi-slam winners.

Teejee, although I like all posts on this forum, I always very much appriciate your posts, they are loving, concerned and optimistic. You have a beautiful way of writing things. You give emotions words...In all posts I recognize your style immediately, thank you for sharing!
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A feather is supposed to represent an angel has come to you.  This one was a devil in angel wings....

Yes it must have been the feather that caused Andy to DF.....oh please.

My husband said to my daughter that this was the first final that I wasn't totally devastated by, he was surprised.  But his win over Federer was what I wanted most.  I knew his match against Nole was going to be a lot of rallies, a lot of running, so when I saw his foot, I knew that it was going to slow him down....gads blisters are just the worst, along with the hamstring.  A totally well Andy would have beaten Nole.

Also, thel look on Andy's face after the match told me he was not devastated....and that helped a lot.
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