Murray returns to Melbourne monkey-free
By Greg Stutchbury
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fighting Novak Djokovic to a standstill in a cliff-hanging Australian Open semi-final last year convinced Andy Murray he had what it took to win a grand slam title.
Struggling to swat away moths fluttering in front of his face, an exhausted Djokovic finally broke Murray's resistance in a pulsating 6-3 3-6 6-7 6-1 7-5 win taking almost five hours.
Despite the loss, Murray came away feeling he had got to within a whisker of a victory that would have sent him into his third Australian Open final.
That belief laid the foundation for a breakthrough 2012 season for the Briton.
"I learnt a lot from last year's semi-final," Murray told reporters at Melbourne Park on Saturday. It was a very important match for me in the context of my year.
"I felt like I played well. There was something I could really take away from it.
"I went about the match the right way. I was taking my chances. I wasn't waiting for him to miss. I was disappointed obviously, but it wasn't frustration.
"I got over that loss a lot quicker than I had some of my previous slam losses." Continued...