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Murray: My temper is not a problem

ESPN staff
January 6, 2013

Andy Murray brushed off concerns over his temperament after he geared up for the Australian Open with victory at the Brisbane International.

Murray defended his title with a 7-6(0) 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov, but was forced to battle from a break down in both sets against the Bulgarian.

The world No. 3 reprimanded himself on a number of occasions as he weathered an early storm, but he insists his negative body language is not a cause for concern so long as he can respond quickly.

"I think it depends how much it affects you in terms of duration of time," Murray said. "I mean, if it's one point, and you get annoyed for 15 seconds afterwards, and you can get back to playing the next point with good intensity, then it's fine.

"When I was younger, it used to last quite a long time and it would take me a while to get back into it. Today, I started the match off badly and came back into it. I had lost serve in the second set and broke back straight away and won three games in a row to win the match.

"So long as it's not affecting me for long periods or when I go behind and I'm not finding ways back into matches, that's when you get worried."

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