Murray: I can take the pressure
Andy Murray hopes the experience gained from his 2012 successes will come in useful when he faces Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
Murray beat Djokovic to land his maiden grand slam title at the US Open in September - shortly after claiming Olympic gold - and will take on the Serbian again in Melbourne after seeing off Roger Federer in a highly-charged semi-final clash last night.
Murray won 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 in exactly four hours to become the first Briton to reach three finals down under.
Djokovic will go into the final as favourite but Murray admits his task has been made slightly easier as he has the memories of New York and the London Games to draw on for inspiration.
"These matches have helped mentally," he said.
"I think going through a lot of the losses that I've had will have helped me as well.
"I've been questioned for large parts of my career about physically would I be strong enough? Mentally would I be strong enough? Do I listen to my coaches? Blah, blah, blah.
"Whatever it is I can handle the pressure.
"Hopefully on Sunday I can play a good match.
"And obviously having won against Novak before in a slam final will help."
Murray had to field numerous questions after his win over Federer about an on-court altercation with the Swiss.
The incident occurred in the 12th game of the fourth set when Federer appeared to shout an obscenity at the third seed after believing he had stopped mid-point and was going to challenge a line-call on the baseline.
Instead Murray played on and won the point with a forehand winner as Federer came in behind a weak approach.
Asked about it, Murray claimed "stuff like that happens daily in tennis matches" but would not elaborate on what was said.
It happened at a key juncture with Murray serving for the match. A fired-up Federer promptly broke and won the tie-breaker to take it to a deciding set.
Murray had the final word, though, cruising through the fifth to complete his first win over Federer in a grand slam.
"It was very mild in comparison with what happens in other sports. It was just one of those things," said Murray.
"There's no hard feelings."
Federer also refused to hype up the incident, saying: "It wasn't a big deal.
"We just looked at each other one time. That's okay. We were just checking each other out a bit.
"It wasn't a big deal for me and I hope not for him."
The disagreement should not overshadow a performance from Murray which again showed he is now very much the equal of Federer, Djokovic and the currently injured Rafael Nadal.
His victory owed much to the way he was able to bounce back from losing two tie-breaks.
In the first, he made a horrible misjudgement at 5-5, attempting a slam dunk smash on a ball which was going well out, only succeeding in popping it over the net for Federer to put away.
The second came shortly after missing the chance to serve out the match and when Federer was in full flow.
But the 25-year-old showed great composure to gather himself to run through the decider after taking a 3-0 lead in just 12 minutes.
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