• Australian Open

Murray distracted by brother Jamie's heatstroke

ESPN staff
January 17, 2014
Andy Murray saw off Vincent Millot in straight sets © Getty Images

Andy Murray has revealed he was found it difficult to focus during his second-round Australian Open win on Thursday after seeing his brother Jamie suffer from heatstroke.

Jamie was taken ill with multiple cramps after he and doubles partner John Peers won their match on another brutally hot day in Melbourne.

Murray suffered a dip in the third set against world No. 267 Vincent Millot, falling 5-1 down before reeling off 23 consecutive points to take the match and move into the third round with a 6-2 6-2 7-5 win.

"What was happening with Jamie was more important than my match," said Murray. "It was a little distracting as well and you just try not use up any extra energy.

"It's easy to say: 'Just get on with it, it's not that bad.' But when it's someone in your family who is dealing with it, it's their health that is involved, you see that it's fairly serious, it's different.

"It is easy to say he was only playing doubles and it's not as physically demanding as the singles, he's out there for two sets.

"He trains fairly hard - I think he could train a little harder sometimes - but it's very tough conditions and seeing him like that, it wasn't so much he was cramping but that he was scared.

"He's never dealt with anything like that before and being on your own, it's difficult, so I tried to make sure someone was around him the whole day."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
ESPN staff Close