Murray: Blister had no bearing on result

Congleton Guardian: Andy Murray, right, refused to blame injury for defeat (AP) Andy Murray, right, refused to blame injury for defeat (AP)

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.

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."

He added: "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."

More frustrating for the world number three, who had been hoping to become the first man in the Open era to win his second major immediately after claiming his first, was his inability to take one of three break points immediately after edging the opening set.

"At this level it can come down to a few points here and there," he added. "My biggest chance probably came at the start of the second set but I didn't quite take it. When Novak had his chance at the end of the third he got his."

Djokovic extended his winning run in Melbourne to 21 matches and take revenge for his defeat to Murray in the US Open final in September.

"I knew it was going to be physically demanding," the Serbian said following the three-hour, 40-minute contest. "So I needed to hang in there.

"I went for my shots in the third and fourth and came to the net quite often. I needed to be the one who dictated the play and I'm really glad that I played my best."

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