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Andy Murray has admitted that he was distracted during the third set of his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open, reports the Guardian.
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The Scot lost the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 despite Djokovic appearing to be physically struggling during parts of the encounter. The Serbian took 12 of the last 13 matches to take victory, and there were some suggestions that he was play acting during his moments of apparent weakness. At one point Murray was heard saying, “He always does that,” in reaction to such behaviour.
After the bruising match the 27-year-old said, “The third set was frustrating. 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. He was moving unbelievable at the end of the third set, sliding and chasing everything down.”
His opponent appeared to deal with the pressure in a far better manner, and in response to the talk of his supposed injuries Djokovic said, “No, I wasn’t cramping. I was just weak. I went through the physical crisis in a matter of 20 minutes. I didn’t feel that too many times in my career. I didn’t want to give up. I started hitting the ball more, covering the court better, shortening the points, and allowed myself to come back into the match.”