Murray says he is mentally stronger in comparison to last year

Sunday, January 30, 2011

MELBOURNE - British No.1 Andy Murray believes he is mentally stronger heading into Australian Open final in comparison to last year’s straight sets loss to Roger Federer in 2010 decider.

Murray, who will become the first British men’s grand slam champion since Fred Perry in 1936 if he beats Serbian world No.3 Novak Djokovic on Sunday night, said he was better for the experience.

“It was tough for me but something that I think overall would have made me a better player, stronger mentally. You know, they’re all experiences that you need to deal with sort of playing at the highest level of sport,” The Age quoted him, as saying.

“You know, you definitely lose some tough matches. I hope that it will help me on Sunday, but I’m sure I’ll deal with everything better than I have done in the past,” Murray said.

Djokovic has cleared that hurdle, having won the 2008 Australian Open, when he beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, after downing Federer in a semi-final. (ANI)

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