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Murray questions legitimacy of Djokovic's injured look

ESPN staff
February 1, 2015
Andy Murray says he let Novak Djokovic's injury troubles distract him © Getty Images
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Andy Murray admitted he got "distracted" during the third set of his Australian Open final defeat on Sunday by Novak Djokovic's apparent injury troubles.

With the scores level at one set each, Djokovic appeared to wane at the beginning of the third, only to rally to a four-set victory and claim his fifth Australian Open title - and third at the expense of the British No.1.

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Murray said he did not know whether Djokovic had feigned injury or not and, when asked if that would be a legitimate tactic had his opponent done so, he said: "No, it's not.

"I have no idea what the issue was. He obviously looked like he was in quite a bad way at the beginning of the third set and came back unbelievable at the end of that set.

"Then the way he was hitting the ball in the fourth and moving was impressive. So, yeah, I don't know exactly what the issue was for him.

"The third set was frustrating because I got a bit distracted when he fell on the ground after a couple of shots. It appeared that he was cramping and I let that distract me a little bit.

"That's what I'm most disappointed about, not so much the fourth set [bagel] because I think, especially at the end of it, he was just going for everything, and it was going in. The third set was more frustrating for me.

"He was moving unbelievable at the end of the third, sliding and chasing everything down. I think it was just that once he got up he loosened up a bit, he was just going for his shots. He was just ripping everything. Once he got up a break, he just loosened up and was just going for his shots. I couldn't recover."

Asked if he thought there was a deliberate element to Djokovic's look, Murray replied: "I don't know. I don't know. I have no idea. I mean, it's obviously what he thinks. I would hope that wouldn't be the case. But, yeah, if it was cramp, how he recovered from it, that's a tough thing to recover from and play as well as he did at the end.

"I'm frustrated at myself for letting that bother me at the beginning of the third set, because I was playing well, I had good momentum and then just dropped off for like 10 minutes and it got away from me.

"That's the most frustrating thing because I thought I obviously had opportunities in the first set. I couldn't quite get them. I managed to sneak the second. Then obviously was that break up in the third. So, yeah, there were definitely opportunities there."

Murray now faces February without coach Amelie Mauresmo, who will be on Fed Cup duty with France after she agreed a two-year extension on her contract last December. However, the Scot revealed he will look to work with someone else for the remainder of the month.

He added: "I thought a little bit about it before the event when I got over to Australia, but I have put zero thought into it since I've been here. I'll definitely have a think about it, because I don't want to go the whole month now not seeing anyone.

"I'll try to get some help this month. But, again, it's about getting the right person rather than rushing and making a bad decision. I'll try and find the right person to do it with my team and chat to them a bit about it, then speak to some people.

"That won't happen in the next few days because I want to go and do other stuff and think about other things just now."

Novak Djokovic fell to the court floor several times during the final with Andy Murray © Getty Images
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