DEFEATED, yes, dejected, no. Andy Murray had just crashed out of the US Open, beaten 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka but, no matter how much that hurt, he was still the Wimbledon champion and a former champion in New York.
“Look, I can’t complain,” Murray said. “If someone had told me before the US Open last year I would have been here as defending champion and having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 per cent. I’m disappointed, but the year as a whole has been a good one.”
From first point to last, Wawrinka was just too good for Murray, who insists he is as motivated as ever to win more major titles.
But, pushing himself back on to the practice courts after Wimbledon, he struggled to find top gear.
“It’s not so much about focus,” said Murray. “When you work hard for something for a lot of years, it’s going to take a bit of time to really fire yourself up and get yourself training, you know, 110 per cent after you’ve achieved it.
“That’s something that I think is kind of natural after what happened at Wimbledon.
“But he played great. He hit big shots. He passed extremely well. He hit a lot of lines on big points. He served well. That was it. He played a great match.”