Andy Murray failed to get the Grand Slam monkey off his back at the third attempt in Sunday’s disappointingly one-sided Australian Open final.
After losing in jig time to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, immediately questions were raised about the Scot’s temperament, pointing to his failure to win a single set in the three major deciders he’s reached — an open era record.
However, sometimes people are too swift to search for answers beyond the obvious. In Melbourne the better man won, plain and simple. The writing was on the wall as early as the second game when Djokovic, having easily held his own serve in the opener, forced Murray to fight fully fifteen minutes to retain his own. The Dunblane ….. was on the defensive thereafter.