It's the end of the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year and unfortunately for Andy Murray, it means another missed opportunity.
Murray was swiftly beaten by defending champion Novak Djokovic after a hard fought final.
Murray fought valiantly but ended up losing 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2. Murray can be proud of his efforts but could this be the start of a brewing rivalry?
Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokivic played fantastic tennis on their way to the Australian Open final. Murray saw off Robin Haase, João Sousa, Ričardas Berankis, Gilles Simon, Jérémy Chardy and Roger Federer.
Meanwhile Djokovic defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu, Ryan Harrison, Radek Štěpánek, Stanislas Wawrinka, Tomáš Berdych and David Ferrer before he beat Andy Murray for a 3rd consecutive Australian open title.
The match between Murray and Djokovic was sensational to say the least. Both fought long and hard before injury overcame Murray and Djokovic was able to capture the win.
The Serb, 25, was the stronger man over three hours and 40 minutes, winning 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2, as Murray struggled to cope with blistered feet and an increasingly rampant opponent.
And while Murray was hampered by a tight hamstring and heavy blisters on his right foot in the last two sets, he refused to use them as an excuse. He was satisfied he had given his best under the circumstances – and that equation took Djokovic's fine play into account.
"It’s just a pretty large blister which you get them. The US Open final I had two black toenails. It happens, often, especially when you’re doing that much running" Murray said.
"It's not the easiest thing to do. And I got extremely close. So I have to try and look at the positives of the last few months and I think I'm going in the right direction.
The talk of a true champion from Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic on the other hand is in the form of his life and seems to be getting better with each passing day.
With six Grand Slam victories, he matches the likes of Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Don Budge and Jack Crawford in the all-time list - and there could be plenty more to come.
That's one Grand Slam over and done with which ended with a Djokovic win but Andy Murray should keep positive.
A fantastic 2012 followed by a decent start to 2013 will give Murray confidence to keep improving and get back on track to make 2013 as superb as 2012.
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