In the moments of his deepest frustration, not long after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open, Andy Murray sounded his most bullish.
There was a slew of broken serves, as in any worthwhile struggle, and one broken heart on Rod Laver Arena as the clock slipped way past midnight.
If Andy Murray beats the odds and Novak Djokovic on Friday to reach the final of the Australian Open for the third year in a row – against his third different opponent, Rafael Nadal – he will go to battle with Ivan Lendl's clear-cut rhetoric ringing in his ears.
Andy Murray says he likes a fight.
Andy Murray can hardly believe his luck at this Australian Open.