On Saturday, there was not a single moment wasted as Andy Murray came off the tennis court at the Aviation Club in Dubai, which is few minutes away from that airport and went straight to Los Angeles in grooming for the 1st American swing of the season.
One could have expected that Andy to leave with a frown on his face as he had just been defeated in straight sets. The final match of the championship was a match in which he did not have a grip for a single time, thanks primarily to the fearless strokeplay of Roger Federer, his opponent. But in the post-match chats, his manner was quite upbeat.
He told that he struggled at the start of the championship, but it turned to be a very nice week for him. Early listlessness of Andy Murray was quite understandable thinking that he was coming back from a long lay-off. To get to the final, he had to beat two top ten players in consecutive days and he defeated both of them with some of the fiercest serving he has ever delivered.
First up, it was Tomas Berdych, the Czech bombardier, who had attacked him in the last 3 matches. Tomas went down 6 – 3, 7 – 5, and after that Andy Murray delivered something close to his A-game against Djokovic, whose indomitability quotient dropped some notches after a 6 – 2, 7 – 5 defeat.
This may not be a 5 set battle, like their semi-final match in Australian Open in January. Then any win over Novak Djokovic, who made it all the way to the French Open before accepting his first loss of 2011 season.
After the match, Federer told that he thought he was just confident about the match. He was focused, aggressive and did not doubt his ability.