The Chelsea boss could see the bright side despite the world number 6 enjoying a torrid game against the tennis great.
Andy Murray may find little to take home from his disappointing ATP World Tour Finals loss to Swiss star Roger Federer, having lost 6-0, 6-1 to the 33-year-old on home soil, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, a spectator in the crowd, was full of encouraging words for the 2013 Wimbledon winner.
In what was the Scot's worst defeat in seven years, Mourinho managed to demonstrate the positive approach that has worked so well for him as a football manager over the years, as he discussed the match afterwards with Sky Sports.
"There are some matches when we feel it is not our day, and I think that applies to football, and for any other sport, even tennis," Mourinho said.
"You know, pride, and playing for the people that are behind him and even if he knows that it was very difficult to beat Roger tonight - he did his best, and sometimes a bad defeat is the beginning of many, many victories.
"Hopefully next season will be a much better season for Andy."
The Blues boss is a big tennis fan, and is renowned for creating a never-say-die attitude with his football teams, none more so than at Chelsea, where this season they are looking ominously clinical in the Premier League.
There have been few moments where Mourinho would have tasted defeat in such a cruel way as Murray did on Thursday night, but then again, perhaps it is the former Real Madrid man's positive approach that helps keep such capitulations at bay.