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Murray roars back at 'choker' slurs

ESPN staff
February 1, 2011
Andy Murray is contemplating a few months away from tennis after losing in the final of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic © Getty Images

Andy Murray has hit out at accusations that he wilts under the pressure of grand-slam finals following his straight-sets defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

The Scot's loss to Djokovic means that he is yet to win a set during the three finals he has contested at the sport's most prestigious tournaments.

Although Djokovic was rightly hailed for the quality of his performance, Murray's demeanour was a source of concern throughout, leading critics to suggest that he lacks the temperament for the big occasion.

But Murray insists that he will not let these barbs affect his mindset ahead of a push for the French Open title. "It's true I haven't produced the goods in grand-slam finals," he said.

"But it doesn't faze me what everybody else thinks. I give the best I could every time. Everyone can say whatever they think but I will go away and enjoy myself while they are worrying about that."

The Scot is contemplating taking some time away from tennis in order to recover from the disappointment of his Melbourne defeat.

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