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Henman & Becker on Murray


Highlights - Djokovic ends Murray's slam dream

Tim Henman
By Tim Henman
Former British number one

Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic played good tennis for the first five or six games of the Australian Open final, but from 4-4 Djokovic went on to win seven games in a row and that was the crux of the match.

It was brutal and you felt for Murray in the middle of the second set. From two sets down it's a difficult position from which to win.

Twelve months ago, Djokovic's serve wasn't the weapon it is now, but you've got to give him credit. He was the man of the tournament and played at a high level throughout and deserved to win.

He took confidence from winning the Davis Cup with Serbia in December, which was an amazing story for a country with such few resources. It was certainly a message for our country.

Djokovic is playing as well as anyone and I'm sure this will be a big year for him.

Murray didn't give it away, or choke it away or was nervous. Djokovic was just better on the day and sometimes you just have to accept that.

Boris Becker

He has talked about his first success at the Australian Open three years ago - he was a young guy swinging away as hard as he could, having fun and not thinking about it. From this performance, he will be delighted with the way he has manufactured and improved his game.

You think you've won the point three or four times against him but the ball keeps coming back, so you try hitting it a bit flatter over the net and make a few errors.

Then you're stuck between a rock and a hard place; that is why he is so difficult to beat.

Andy has had a fantastic tournament but, having coming up short again, I hope the people around him can continue to support him. He's still played some great tennis and he's got to keep giving himself the opportunities as I believe he can win a Grand Slam.

It's important the people around him are able to give him support and direction. When he is aggressive, he plays great tennis, and it's important he continues to do that because when he is dictating, he can beat everyone.

There will be a lot of scrutiny back home but he's had a fantastic tournament. There is a stigma that goes with losing three finals but it doesn't alter my belief that he can win a Grand Slam, and hopefully it won't alter his.

There are some great champions who went on to win after losing Grand Slam finals, like Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl, but at this moment it's hanging over his head and it will be a long flight home."

Boris Becker
By Boris Becker
Germany's former world number one and six-times Grand Slam winner

Novak Djokovic is a deserved champion. He played better from the start. He was more dominant on groundstrokes, especially from the forehand side.

Andy Murray was always trying to catch up and was never in a position to be a game up, so he was always behind and Djokovic kept his nerve and played well to the end.

Murray needs to focus on positives - Becker

Djokovic was the aggressor and Murray was always on defence and it was the same from the very beginning of the match.

He is a fine sportsman and deserves his victory. He worked hard for his money and is the man of tennis right now.

Not only did he beat Roger Federer in the semi-final, it is his second Grand Slam and he is the man behind the top two guys and that is a strong message to send out.

[It was Murray's] third Grand Slam final and he has never won a set but hopefully he will take good things [away from the tournament].

He won six matches but lost to a better player. He didn't give it away, or choke it away or was nervous. Djokovic was just better on the day and sometimes you just have to accept that.

He should build from this and not dwell on the loss. He has to put himself in that situation over and over again.

Everyone wants him to win a Grand Slam and there is a good foundation, but to get to the next level, to win a Grand Slam or get to number one in the world, you need someone in your corner who has done it before and comes out with the wise words because he doesn't want to go back to where he was 12 months ago.

Murray hardly won a tennis match, he was struggling with his enjoyment of the game. He should take this as a good lesson. The player he faced has been in a similar situation but improved and I think he should think about that.

I hope it doesn't become a mental problem, he's played against a player he's beaten the last three times in big finals. Yes, they weren't Grand Slams, but hopefully he wont take it too hard mentally.

He has to accept it was a bad match and he was outplayed by a better player. Murray and Djokovic are the next two in line to take over the throne from Nadal and Federer and that's the good news.

Murray knows exactly what to do on the court. He took this defeat on the chin and he knows there is a lot of hard work in front of him.

It is not something magical or too psychological - just continue to do what he has done for last couple of months and understand that he is not too far away from the top.

Tim Henman and Boris Becker were speaking on BBC One as part of the BBC's coverage of the 2011 Australian Open.

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