Murray upbeat on Melbourne hopes
Andy Murray remains positive on his chances of finally winning the Australian Open, despite his Qatar loss to Novak Djokovic. The Scot was beaten in the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday by the man he replaced at the top of the world rankings late last year. Djokovic prevailed in a high-calibre encounter 6-3 5-7 6-4 in a match which lasted almost three hours.
The opening blow of the new season could be the start of year-long tussle between the long-time friends for the right to be considered the best player in the world. Despite his defeat, Murray feels the Qatar experience sets him up well for the opening Grand Slam of 2017 which kicks-off in a week's time in Melbourne Park. "Physically it was a good test to start the year, and I did good there," he said. "Obviously I am disappointed not to win, but I played pretty good the last couple of the matches. 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 matches, but I felt better each day and I think it is positive."
Murray has lost five finals at the Australian Open, including the last two, and is 13/8 to finally earn a win this year. He insists that losing to Djokovic in Qatar hasn't diminished his confidence of getting the job done, while pointing to a need to be more clinical as one potential area of improvement that he will be working on. "I still think there are things I can do better, because I wasn't that clinical on break points this week, which maybe comes with playing a few more matches," he added. "I still think I have a chance of winning the Australian Open after [Qatar]. I don't think that changes."