Andy Murray 28-match win streak came to and end today at the hand of rival Novak Djokovic who beat the Scot in a thrilling Doha final 63, 57, 64.
The loss was Murray’s first since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the Davis Cup semifinals back in September. But, Murray says, it won’t hurt his chances of finally winning an Australian Open title.
“I still think I have a chance of winning the Australian Open after tonight,” Murray said. “I don’t think that changes. It’s disappointing to lose for sure. I have a chance to win the Australian Open still.”
Murray was down and out in the match with Djokovic dominant and serving 5-4 with three match points. But Murray raised his game and nearly came back to win.
“I did have a few chances,” Murray said. “I had a break point at 3-2; in the last game I had Love-30 on Novak’s serve and played a couple loose shots. I think I had the first break point in the first set as well; didn’t get it. He had one and took it. That was the difference this evening.”
Overall, though, Murray was pleased with the first week of the season.
“Obviously disappointed not to win tonight, but I played pretty good the last couple of the matches,” he said. “I think physically it was a good test to start the year, and I did good there.
“My body feels all right just now, so that’s positive. It was a little bit sore earlier in the week after the first couple of the matches. Felt better each day.
“I think it’s positive. Still think there are things I can do better. You know, I wasn’t that clinical on break points this week, which maybe that comes with playing a few more matches. That’s something I could definitely do a little bit better.”
Murray will have a week of rest before starting the Australian Open next week. It will be his first Grand Slam as the top seed.
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