Murray Determined Not to Wilt
Andy Murray is determined not to suffer another post-Australian Open slump after his battling five-set semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.
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The Scot may have gone one better and reached the title decider in the previous two years in Melbourne, but his limp performances against Roger Federer in 2010 and Djokovic last year - he lost both matches in straight sets - were followed by woeful runs of form caused by a lack of self-belief.
And while he may have been unsuccessful against Djokovic once more, the way he fought toe-to-toe with the world number one means he can approach the next couple of months with confidence.
He said: "I don't necessarily think I went away from here the last could of years with a negative attitude but it (losing so badly) knocks your confidence a little bit.
"And when you get back on court again you're doubting yourself.
"I wasn't beating myself up but I was thinking: 'Am I going to get there or not'?
"I've lost a lot of tough matches and I've learnt to deal with them better.
"I bounced back well from most of the tough matches I lost last year.
"Obviously not after the Australian Open, but after the French, Wimbledon and the US Open.
"Hopefully that will be the same again."
Murray believes his overall game is in good shape and requires just minor adjustments under the watchful eye of new coach Ivan Lendl.
"I want to work on all parts of my game," he added.
"You can always make every shot more consistent but there's not one thing I need to do way better, it's minor things.
"I haven't sat down and spoken to Ivan about what I'm going to work on in the next two or three months in the build-up to Indian Wells and Miami yet, I'm sure we'll have that conversation when the time is right."
Murray was pleased with the way the relationship has worked so far and is hoping to prove Lendl was right to take up the role.
He said: "I feel like when I look up at someone like that in the stands it helps.
"I want to try and repay the sort of faith that he's shown in me by coming to work with me.
"So I would liked to have done better here.
"But hopefully he was happy with the way I did and how I acted on the court.
"Hopefully at the French Open I will do a little better."
While Murray radiated positivity straight after the match there was a cautionary word of advice from Rafael Nadal, who will meet Djokovic in Sunday's final.
The Spaniard felt having won a titanic third set, Murray let the Serbian off the hook by lowering his intensity at the start of the fourth with Djokovic romping through it in just 25 minutes to set up a decider.
"He lost another good opportunity," Nadal said.
"Because wining two sets to one, having won the third set, if you want to win a tournament like this and against a player like Djokovic you cannot start the fourth like that.
"It's the moment to play with even more intensity than ever, not start 3-0 down and suffer two breaks in five minutes.
"That way you lose the match.
"He's playing well and deserves to win a grand slam. He was unlucky at the end but the only negative thing for me in his match was the beginning of the fourth."