WORLD No.1 Andy Murray cut a forlorn figure after his defeat to arch-rival Novak Djokovic in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final. Despite trying to put up a brave front at the prize distribution ceremony as well as the post-match Press conference, it was quite obvious that he was sulking after seeing his 28-match winning streak coming to a halt at the hands of the Serb.
The 29-year-old, who usually opens his season in Australia, was coming to the Qatari capital after a two-year break and would definitely have liked to start the year with a trophy under his belt. Instead, he heads for Melbourne with the small consolation of being the first player to reach four finals in Doha.
“It’s disappointing to lose for sure. In such close games, it kind of comes down to who takes his opportunities. I did have a few chances. 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,” rued Murray.
The Scott believes it will have no affect on his performance in Australia and was banking on the positives instead.
“I still think I’ve a chance of winning the Australian Open. I don’t think that changes. I think physically it was a good test to start the year and I did well here,” he said.
“My body feels all right just now, so that’s positive. It was a little bit sore earlier after the first couple of the matches. But I felt better after each day. There’re things I can do better. You know, I wasn’t that clinical on break points, which maybe that comes with playing a few more matches,” he added.