Another Murray in trouble
Andy Murray’s second consecutive loss of the men’s Australian Open final has put a question mark on the Scot’s mettle. Does Murray have what it takes to win a grand slam?
Murray was inconsolable at Melbourne Park after Serbian world No. 3 Novak Djokovic blew him away in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-3 to secure his second Aussie title.
Is Murray suffering psychological damage after losing to the greats in these grand slams?
After failing in the 2008 US Open and the last two Australian Opens, it’s easy to target Murray and brand him as soft.
Looking back, Murray, ranked No. 5 in the world, has caught Roger Federer at the height of his career and last night, Djokovic was all power and all confidence. Murray was shattered, unable to match the Djoker’s tempo.
Right now, Murray – who has become our second adopted Aussie finalist after “Aussie Kim” won her first Australian Open on Saturday - will be feeling sick. Sick in the stomach after another demoralising loss and sick of letting these chances slip.
Parochial Aussies were pumped to see Murray become the first Brit in 75 years to win a major.
The pressure would be immense. Was this milestone floating in the back of Murray’s head as he fought the powerful Serbian?
Maybe Murray should see a sports shrink to help his focus and use his emotions to his advantage. Tennis is largely a mental sport – and Murray can only benefit from the experts.
As for Djokovic, he was pumped for his country and family.
“I dedicate this trophy to my family, my brothers and my girl Jelena back home,” Djokovic said.
“It’s been a tough period for our people in Serbia, but we try each day to present our country in the best possible way.
“So this is for our country, Serbia.”
It always seems easier to win for other people, rather than play for yourself. Your love for other people will drive you further.
Djokovic was out to crush Murray and it showed. For Murray, he needs to heal those mental scars if he is serious about winning Britain – and Aussies in the wider Commonwealth family – a grand slam.
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