Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray thanked fans for their support as he prepared to fly back to London from Melbourne today.
The 2013 Wimbledon champion congratulated Novak Djokovic on his ‘incredible’ fifth Australian Open title and promised to double his efforts in a bid to claim the elusive title.
Yesterday’s final was the fourth in which Murray has fallen at the last hurdle in the Australian Open but the 27-year-old Scot claimed it was nonetheless a special event to him.
Djokovic and Murray played out a memorable final which the Serbian, who is doubtlessly on his way to becoming one of the all-time tennis greats, eventually won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Murray had conceded that some of the injury issues that the world number one Djokovic struggled with at times had changed his mindset and left him frustrated.
Describing 2014 as a tough year, it appeared Murray has overcome his initial anger which saw him smash his spare rackets post-match, as his opponent celebrated a tenth Grand Slam title.
He said: “Success is being happy. It’s not about winning every single tournament you play, because that isn’t possible.
“You want to win every event, that’s for sure, that’s what you prepare for. But no one in the history of this game has ever done that.
“Obviously I would have liked to have won today, but you can’t win all of them unfortunately.”
Ready to take off back 2 London.Thanks 2 everyone @ausopen for making it such a special event, well done on number 5 Novak incredible record
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) February 2, 2015
Britain’s top player will now combine recovery and training before heading to Rotterdam ahead of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament that begins next Monday.
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