Andy Murray could be forgiven for feeling a tad emotional after his fifth Australian Open Final defeat.
The Scot went down in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, with the Serb equalling the record six titles Down Under held by Aussie Roy Emerson.
The British No.1’s painful defeat in the final will feel all too familiar as it was his fourth against Djokovic in the same tournament.
Murray’s path to the final was bombarded with off-court drama as his father-in-law Nigel Sears collapsed in the stands while watching Ana Ivanovic’s match.
And this was compounded by the added pressure of having pregnant wife Kim ready to go into labour at any minute back in the UK.
Much of the discussion in the build-up to Murray’s Open campaign surrounded the scenario of the World No.2 having to leave the competition early to be by Kim’s side if the time came for the baby to be delivered.
In his runner-up speech, a teary-eyed Murray looked straight down the camera and thanked Kim for her support, describing her as a “legend”.
Murray said: “I’ll be on the next flight home.”
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