Andy Murray enjoyed a relaxed game of football with Ross Hutchins and members of his team as he prepares for BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Valiant Andy edged by Djokovic in Final
Novak Djokovic has retained his Australian Open title edging a courageous Andy in a close fought 4 sets.
There was little to separate the two players in the first set, with both players serving with phenomenal consistency, the match went on serve to a tie break. Andy took advantage of an early mini break to secure the first set, winning the tie break 7-2.
The second set continued in the same a fashion, both players continuing to serve with pin point accuracy to again take the set to a tie break. Taking advantage of an early mini break, Djokovic came out on top of some long rallies to edge the tie break, 7-3.
During the change over Andy received treatment on some nasty blisters, but appeared unaffected after holding serve again early in the third. However despite some gutsy tennis from Andy, numerous 20 shot plus rallies and after over 110 minutes of unbroken serving it was Djokovic that broke on his way to winning the third set 6-3.
Djokovic came out swinging in the fourth set eventually securing the title taking the set 6-2.
After becoming only the second player in the open era to reach back to back grand slam finals after winning their maiden title Andy was gracious in defeat paying tribute to his opponent saying “Congratulations to Novak, his record here is incredible and there is very few people who have managed to do what he has done here, a very well deserved champion, so well done again”. After playing a fantastic tournament Andy also paid tribute to his team, “I’d like to thank my team, not much else to say there, they have done a great job and they help me all the time”.
After thanking the tournament director for putting on yet another fantastic Australian Open Andy finished on an upbeat note, cheerfully saying “Ill see you guys next year”.