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Murray Remains Upbeat Despite Australian Open Final Loss

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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray remains upbeat despite losing in his third Australian Open final.

Andy Murray insisted that he remains upbeat despite losing in the Australian Open final on Sunday. The World No. 3 lost to Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 at Melbourne Park.

“I have to try and look at the positives of the last few months, and I think I'm going the right direction,” said Murray. “This is the first time I've beaten Roger [Federer] in a Grand Slam over five sets [in the semi-finals]. I think I dealt with the situations and the ebbs and flows in that match well.”

“I know that no one's ever won a Grand Slam, the immediate one after winning their first one. It's not the easiest thing to do and I got extremely close.

“[But] the past few months have been the best tennis of my life. I made the Wimbledon final, won the [London] Olympics and won the US Open. I was close here as well.”

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Murray, who also finished as runner-up in the 2010-11 Australian Open finals, now has a 1-5 record in Grand Slam championship title matches.

The 25-year-old Scot admitted that he felt more comfortable on the Rod Laver Arena court Sunday that he did in last year’s US Open final.

“Before the US Open match, I was unbelievably nervous beforehand and I doubted 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 more at home … on a court like that when you're playing for a Grand Slam title. Now I feel more comfortable.”

Murray dropped to 7-11 lifetime against Djokovic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. He had been looking to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.

Murray now has a 10-1 record on the season. Three weeks ago, he captured his 25th tour-level title at the Brisbane International (d. Dimitrov).

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