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Loss easier to stomach: Murray

By Chris Pike
28 January 2013 05:07AM EST

ANDY Murray has found losing his third Australian Open final a lot easier to stomach this time around with the US Open and Olympic titles under his belt as he turns his attention to the rest of 2013.

Since Murray lost last year's Australian Open semi-final to Djokovic, he went on to have the best year of his career including making his first Wimbledon final and then just weeks later winning gold at the London Olympics beating Djokovic and Roger Federer along the way also at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old then went on to claim his first Grand Slam at the US Open beating Djokovic in five sets in the final.

Those results at the end of 2012 saw Murray breakthrough eventually to win on the biggest of stages and that's what makes losing his third Australian Open final a little easier to stomach.

He didn’t take a set off Federer in 2010 and Djokovic in 2011 in his first two Australian Open finals, and to be fair never looked likely to in either, but he can still take positives from this campaign having won a set in a final for the first time and also beating Federer in a Grand Slam for the first time.

"There's going to be some obvious reasons for me feeling a little bit better this time. The last few months have been the best tennis of my life. I made the Wimbledon final, won the Olympics and won the US Open and now I was close here as well. It was close," Murray said.

"I know no one's ever won a slam on the immediate one after winning their first one. It's not the easiest thing to do and I got extremely close.

"I have to try to look at the positives of the last few months and I think I'm going the right direction. This is the first time I've beaten Roger in a slam over five sets, and I dealt with the situations and the ebbs and flows in that match well."

The most bizarre moment of the final, and in the end one of the most critical, came when Murray was preparing for a second serve and a stray feather fell to court.

The Brit stopped to get rid of the feather and went on to serve a double fault to hand Djokovic a commanding advantage in the second set tie-break before he went on to dominate the third and fourths sets.

Murray simply thought he should get the feather off the court, but felt when he couldn’t capitalise on early break points in the second set after he won the first in a tie-break had a bigger impact on the final result.

"I could have served. It just caught my eye before I served and I thought it was a good idea to move it," Murray said.

"Maybe it wasn’t because I obviously double faulted, but at this level it can come down to just a few points here or there. My biggest chance was at the beginning of the second set and I didn’t quite get it. When Novak had his chance at the end of the third, he got his."

Murray also felt that his sore foot that he got treatment on at the end of the first set had no impact on the final either.

"It's just a pretty large blister, which I mean you get them. In the US Open final I had two black toe nails, so I mean it happens often especially when you're doing that much running," he said.

"When you are playing the points like we were and the positions you're getting yourself into on the court, you expect those sort of things. I still thought I moved pretty good throughout."

While Murray still has some work to do to match his coach Ivan Lendl's two Australian Open wins and eight Grand Slam titles overall, the pair will let some time settle on the final against Djokovic before dissecting it and focusing on the rest of 2013.

"He said bad luck, that's it. There's no point going into huge detail about the match two minutes afterwards," Murray said.

"We'll go away and spend a bit of time apart, and when I go to start training over in the States we'll discuss not just this match but the start to the year and the things I need to improve on if I want to keep getting better."

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