Murray conflicted with multiple emotions at Australian Open
World number two, Andy Murray, has publicly stated that this year's Australian Open tournament was the toughest for him mentally, in terms of Grand Slam competitions he's contested since he turned professional. Having the anxious wait for his baby daughter to arrive with expecting wife Kim Sears, whilst also dealing with the sudden ilness suffered by father-in-law Nigel during the tournament itself, it was intriguing to see how he kept his emotions in check.
Andy admits tennis was not only thing on his mind
As quoted by tennisworldusa.org, Murray admitted that he was not only focussed on tennis - something he usually is during important tournaments.
"It was probably the toughest Slam I've been through mentally, but I managed to get through it well." He also said that he's "learned a lot" from the tournament, because it was a stressful experience that he's eager to not put himself or his family through again. Speaking about the moment of his daughter Sophia Olivia's birth, he described the whole thing as an "amazing experience", although something "not easy to watch" because you see someone "you care about go through that [process of giving birth]."
"But now, having seen it, I know that if I hadn't been there, I'd have been absolutely gutted."
Having progressed through the respective rounds up until the final in January, he was forced to battle past a number of tough opponents, including talented teenager Alexander Zverev, David Tomic and Milos Raonic on his route to face the ever-present Novak Djokovic.
In another hard-fought encounter, the British number one succumbed to defeat in straight-sets, despite giving a good account of himself against an in-form Novak, who continues to excel at the top of his game.