Australian Open exit not down to fatigue insists Andy Murray

first_imgAndy Murray denied suggestions that his shock early exit from the Australian Open could be put down to fatigue, instead offering no excuses for the defeat to Mischa Zverev.The Scot had been the favourite to lift the title in Melbourne following the second round defeat of defending champion Novak Djokovic. However, he himself fell to a surprise loss on Sunday morning.Zverev won a staggering 65 points at the net and served and volleyed 119 times. He also broke Murray on eight separate occasions, with the world number one out of sorts.But Murray shrugged off suggestions that his packed schedule towards the end of 2016 might have had an impact on his performance at the first Grand Slam of the new year. Asked if he felt flat, Murray said: “I don’t think I was flat. I feel like that’s something I get asked all the time when I lose matches. Were you flat? I don’t think I was today.“I was getting myself pumped up. Sometimes at the end of the sets I was trying to get a little more energy, show more sort of positive body language.“And I did that at the end of the match, at the end of the first and second sets. It just wasn’t to be today.”Murray’s superb form at the end of last year meant he endured a hectic end to 2016 as he made five tournament finals in a row. He then reached the last hurdle in Doha earlier this month, before losing to Djokovic, but the British number one does not believe he has suffered from fatigue.“Obviously the off-season for me was fairly short just because I had to take a decent break after the Tour Finals,” Murray said.“But it was a great way to finish last year. I was full of confidence coming into the beginning of this year. I prepared as best as I could.“Maybe we’ll have to have a look back and assess some things and see maybe if there’s some stuff I could have done differently, or did my opponent just play a great match? Sometimes that can happen as well.“I don’t know if the end of last season had any bearing on today. I wouldn’t have thought so.”last_img

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