Andy Murray: It’s Disappointing To Lose To Novak, But It Doesn’t Change My Chances At The Australian Open
by Tom Gainey | January 7th, 2017, 4:47 pm

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.

You Might Like:
Roger Federer Says He Doesn’t Change His Game Against Novak Djokovic, But He Does When He Plays Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray Presser: Having Won The US Open Helps Me Better Deal With Disappointment Of Losing Now
Andy Murray Doesn’t Think His First Round US Open Opponent Nick Kyrgios Is A Bad Boy
Roger Federer Doesn’t Want His Kids To Be Pro Tennis Players
Roger Federer Doesn’t Want To Cut Himself Shaving [Video]

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

5 Comments for Andy Murray: It’s Disappointing To Lose To Novak, But It Doesn’t Change My Chances At The Australian Open

Chrisford1 Says:

Applause to Andy in any case on his great fall run where he had to be perfect to have a shot at year-end #1, and he was. 28 matches in a row win streak! Tied in 7th place in the Open Era with Novak Dokovic and Novak Djokovic(2).

Take a bow, Sir!

AndyMira Says:

No,it doesn’t Andy!Don’t falter in your resolution…I believe in you…C’MON!LET’S GO!!

PS…Your win streak has broken,make a new one Andy!

lakie Says:

Andy fans, cheer up!
As I said earlier the prize is AO for Andy. The only reason I think he played Doha was to once again test himself against Djok and prepare for what he thinks is the inevitable meeting in the final.
If the draws are not rigged, Andy has a chance of getting a decent draw. But I suspect they are rigged considering Djok has been getting cup cake draws for the last 3 years. But I hope the draw ,if difficult on paper, plays out differently so Andy could stroll to the final.
Good luck, Sir Andy!

Margot Says:

“Stroll to the final.”
Loving the sound of that….C’mon!
Not downhearted at all but I hope the team just pull apart a vid of the match and give Andy a kicking…..away from 2 miles behind the baseline because he sure isn’t going to beat Nole from there.
Perhaps Ivan could stand behind him with a pointed stick?

RZ Says:

I’d agree with that. And if Andy is going to lose to Novak early in the season (and of course was/is going to at times), I’d much prefer for it to be at Doha than in Melbourne.

Top story: Home Favorite Djokovic Leads New Belgrade Tournament; Berrettini, Karatsev In Draw