Andy Murray couldn’t watch the Melbourne grand slam such was his ache on lacking out

Requested for his verdict on Novak Djokovic’s straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne on Sunday, Murray mentioned: “I didn’t watch it. I used to be practising and I watched little or no of the Australian Open. I didn’t watch any as a result of I wished to be there myself. It was a battle. I finished following all of the tennis gamers I observe on social media as a result of I simply didn’t need to see it.”

Absent from 9 of the previous 13 grand slams, a bullish Murray is itching for the chance to show he can nonetheless compete with one of the best on the earth, insisting he was “pain-free” throughout his current run to the ultimate in Italy.

“I’ve performed and practised with a lot of prime gamers and I understand how I’m getting on towards them,” Murray mentioned. “If I used to be getting smoked once I was practising and taking part in with guys I wouldn’t hold going by way of it. However I do know the extent that I’m taking part in at.

“I’ve been taking part in and practising with guys which are between 20 and 60-70 on the earth and doing completely high quality. Offering I can keep match for a time period and get good follow and matches in, I don’t see why I gained’t have the ability to compete with one of the best gamers. I want I used to be capable of present that in Australia as a result of, no query, I used to be prepared to do this.”

Having already spoken of his frustration at believing he contracted coronavirus on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in London, Murray additionally revealed the continued issue the sickness – from which he has totally recovered – supplies as he makes an attempt to journey from nation to nation for tournaments, on the mercy of various laws.