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Andy Murray: Australian Open loss to Mischa Zverev is tough to take

Australian Open 2017
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne Dates: 16-29 Jan
Coverage: Daily live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website; TV highlights on BBC Two and online from 21 January.

Andy Murray says his shock defeat by world number 50 Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open is tough to take.

The German played aggressively to surprise Britain’s world number one and register a 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 victory.

Murray, 29, has never won the title despite reaching the final five times, but was favourite to win after Novak Djokovic was knocked out on Thursday.

It a tough loss at one of the biggest events and one that I wanted to do better at, Murray told BBC Sport.

I get a bit of time off now and try to learn from it and try to understand what I could have done a little bit better, and then come back and try again.
It is the first time since 2009 that the Scot has not reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

Johanna Konta is now the only Briton left in the singles after Dan Evans’ run was ended by France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday.

Mischa plays with a game style that not many players play these days and he played it extremely well, said Murray.

In the slams, with the best-of-five format, you have time to turn things around. There’s also time to mess it up as well.Zverev’s attacking serve-and-volley style meant that Murray was under pressure throughout.

The Briton grew more frustrated as the match progressed, turning and shouting to his box as he tried to halt Zverev’s progress.

I was getting myself pumped up and at the end of the set I was trying to get a little more energy, show positive body language, he added.

I don’t think I was flat, it just wasn’t to be today. He deserved to win. It’s a tough one to lose.

Source: BBC

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