It is no shame to lose a Grand Slam final to world No1 Roger Federer. Concerns of not being able to win one in the future should never enter the mind of Andy Murray. The 22-year-old is continuing to improve his game and is now ranked the world No3 after reaching the final of the Australian Open – with only Rafael Nadal and nemesis Federer ahead of him.
There is no doubt that the precocious Scot still has the best sporting years ahead of him and is more than capable of winning at least one of the Majors. The Swiss certainly has no doubts, so neither should Murray.
A Major final will undoubtedly bring added pressure, particularly to a player who is yet to lift a coveted Grand Slam trophy. But it is a little alarming to see a player with the ability and age of Murray break down as he did, after losing out in straight sets to a man who has won 16 Grand Slams – more than any other player.
Murray had fantastic support throughout the tournament both in Melbourne and back in Britain, and was clearly conscience of it. It seemed the guy had taken the 74-year-old wait for a British male Grand Slam singles champion selflessly to heart.