Andy Murray’s title dream died as he was well beaten in straight sets by Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.
Federer was in brilliant form as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13/11) victory in Melbourne.
In winning for the fourth time Down Under, the world number one played some of his now-familiar sublime tennis in the opening two sets to gain full control of the match.
And although Murray battled hard and had his chances in the third set – including five set points in the tie-break – Federer was able to stand firm and close it out.
Afterwards Federer said he was “over the moon” at his latest success, but he also had consolatory words for Murray.
“Well done for your incredible tournament,” he said. “You are too good a player not to win a Grand Slam so don’t worry about it.”
The only excitement came in the 3rd. set tie breaker, when Murray had four set points and save 3 match points. Apart from that brief spell the match was completely one sided. Murray began the match wearing a blue shirt but it became drenched in sweat in just the first 5 games, a sure sign that he was very nervous. His serve never worked, and his legs must have felt like lead as he had trouble moving them to retrieve Roger’s shots.
For all the hype from the British press, and for the expectations by the public that saw their man fizzle out, let’s hope that their enthusiasm is a little less by the time Wimbledon comes around. Winning a Grand Slam is tough enough, but winning your first against Roger Federer is almost impossible!