Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray: I Am Getting Closer to My Big Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray: I Am Getting Closer to My Big Win

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ANDY Murray believes he is getting closer to breaking his grand slam duck despite suffering a straight sets defeat to Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open, writes MATT SOMERFORD. The 22-year-old was beaten 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13-11) under the Rod Laver Arena lights in the second major final appearance of his career. Murray also lost to Federer (pictured below) in straight sets in his first trip to a grand slam final at the 2008 US Open, however, the Scot found more reason to be enthused by his display.

An anxious beginning had allowed Federer to coast through the opening two sets before Murray finally produced the form that had seen him lose just one set and eliminate defending champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final.

The Scot went toe-to-toe with the world number one in the third set before an enthralling tie-break when he passed up five set points before Federer finally closed out the match.

"Tonight's match was a lot closer than the one at Flushing Meadows," he said. "I had chances at the end of the match. It's just the second set that didn't go my way, not that any of them went my way, but obviously I felt like I had opportunities in the rest of them.

"I'm getting closer (to a grand slam). My results in the grand slams would show that. I've just got to keep working hard."

Murray, who will rise to world number three after his final loss, made a tearful post-match speech and while he admitted the emotion of failing to reach his lifetime ambition had been hard to stomach, he vowed to one day lift one of tennis' most prized trophies. "I don't feel great," he added. "I worked really hard to get to this stage. I wanted to win the tournament. It was pretty emotional at the end of the match, but I'm hungry to win one. It's something I've wanted since I was 16 or 17, but so far it's not been good enough. I'm sure one day it will be. When it comes, maybe because of the two losses, it will be even better."

Murray denied nerves had got the better of him saying his defeat was down to the class of his rival. …

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