ANDY MURRAY broke down on court here as he told pregnant wife Kim: You’re a legend – I’ll be on the next flight home, The Sun reports. The Scot’s world collapsed around him as he was blown away in three savage sets by Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic for his FIFTH defeat in five Aussie finals.
Then his eyes welled with tears as he took the microphone in front of 17,000 fans and said: “To my wife Kim, who I’m sure is watching back home, you’ve been a legend the last two weeks. “Thank you for all of your support and I’ll be on the next flight home.
“I feel like I’ve been here before, but six Australian Opens for Novak is an incredible feat. Good job to him and all his team. “To my own team, thank you and I’m sorry I couldn’t get it done tonight. “As for all the fans out there, what an amazing atmosphere, Its very tough for me right now, but I really appreciate playing in front of everyone who comes out to support.”
Murray was also rocked in the middle of the year’s first Grand Slam by his father-in-law’s courtside collapse. At the end of an emotional championship, Djokovic said: “I wish Andy and his wife all the best for the birth of their child. I know that when it happened to my wife and I it was the best thing ever.”
World No1 Djokovic kissed the court as he won a record-equalling SIXTH Aussie Open title 6-1 7-5 7-6 – but the sad fact is that as much as he was clinical, Murray beat himself as much as he was beaten. You lost count of how often shots he would normally put away in his sleep were now being played in a daydream.
You tore your hair out at the number of rallies where he went shot for shot with Djokovic before missing inexplicably when the point was begging to be won. And long before the bitter end of a demoralising defeat he was surely desperate to get off Rod Laver Arena, onto a late-night flight and back to his expectant wife Kim.
The impending birth of their first child had dominated so much of his time out here – and now, it felt like all the pressure had come on top at exactly the wrong time.