Murray Vows To Keep Working Hard
by Kate Flory|
Great Britain’s Andy Murray lost a major final for the third time on Sunday as he fell in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open championship match. However the Scot insisted that he will deal with the disappointment and continue to work as hard as he can to end Britain’s 75-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion.
“I want to keep working hard, try and improve,” said Murray. “But I said before the final, it's not something that I lose sleep over at night. It's going to be tough for sure for a few days. I want to try and win one, of course. But if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. I'm just working as hard as I can. I train very hard. I take tennis very seriously.
“But I love my life away from tennis, as well. That's why maybe this year, compared with last, I'm very, very happy off the court. I'm enjoying myself. There are other things to look forward to, too."
The 23-year-old Murray was beaten in straight sets in all three of his major finals, also losing to Roger Federer in the 2008 US Open final and finishing runner-up to the Swiss in last year’s Australian Open title match. Asked if that made the defeats any tougher to digest, Murray replied it only served as motivation to work harder and improve.
“I don't think it changes that much,” said the Dunblane native. “Obviously if it's sort of a five-set match, you feel like you're very, very close to winning, I'm sure that's very difficult when you get so close. I wasn't particularly close tonight. I could have played better this evening. I'm going to need to improve. Obviously I lost in straight sets, so I'm going to need to get better.”
After losing out to Federer on the Rod Laver Arena 12 months ago, Murray was visibly distraught and went on to endure a lean period on the tennis court, reaching only two quarter-finals before rediscovering his best form at Wimbledon. Following his impressive run over this past fortnight, though, the Scot’s overriding emotion is one of pride and optimism.
“Obviously right now there's disappointment because you just lost the match. But when you look back over the tournament there's not many people that can say they've made slam finals. So I'll be very happy with the way the tournament went. But I would have obviously liked to have gone one step further.”