Tennis: Beaten Murray plays down toe injury

Great Britain's Andy Murray
Great Britain's Andy Murray

ANDY Murray dismissed suggestions a toe injury was a key factor in his Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic - and instead blamed a failure to take the few chances which came his way.

Murray required a medical time-out at the end of the third set to treat a nasty-looking blister and he went on to lose the next two as Djokovic claimed his third successive Melbourne crown with a 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 success.

The Scot put the injury down to wear and tear and felt missing the opportunity to hammer home his superiority at the start of the second set was more damaging to his hopes of recording back-to-back grand slam triumphs.

Of the toe, he said: “It’s just a pretty large blister. You get them - it happens.

“It was just a bit sore when I was running around. It’s not like pulling a calf muscle or something. It just hurts when you run, but it’s not something which stops you from playing.

“Ninety per cent of the players on tour will have played this tournament with some sort of blister or problem.

“It had no bearing on the result.”

In the women’s final on Saturday, Victoria Azarenka defended her title, beating Li Na 4-6 6-4 6-3.

“This one is way more emotional,” she said. “It’s going to be extra special for sure.”