Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Murray mother expects 'great match'

Andy Murray's mother is expecting a 'cracking match' when her son competes for the Australian Open title

Andy Murray's mother is expecting a "cracking match" when her son competes for the Australian Open title against Novak Djokovic.

Judy Murray said there was "a lot to look forward to I hope" when speaking on BBC Radio Scotland before the final in Melbourne.

She said: "If it's anything like the US Open Final it is going to be a great match. I think both Novak and Andy are in the form of their lives. They are very similar players, they are great athletes and if they both play their best it could be an absolutely cracking match."

She also said that each Grand Slam event was completely different from the others and experience of playing in them was very important to going on to win.

"Now that he's won one, now that he's 25, he's much more mature both mentally and physically and he's very confident. He knows what it's about and how to prepare for them so he's in a much better mindset to handle a final," she said.

"He's also got Ivan Lendl in his corner now who has been in this situation many, many times before and that's a huge, huge bonus as well."

Watching Andy's semi-final against Roger Federer was a "major torture" for his mother who described the experience as "a mixture between nausea and a heart attack".

She said: "You would hope that it would get easier all the times that you go through it but it doesn't. It's very tough, especially when you get to the back end of these big events."

She also said that Andy has benefited from the support from home and out in Melbourne where there are many Union Jacks and Saltires in the crowd.

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