1/31 Federer Wins 2010 Australian Open-British Drought Continues
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Roger Federer experienced quite a range of emotions these past two Australian Opens.
A year ago, he sobbed on court after losing a thrilling final in five sets.
Federer was all smiles Sunday after rather easily beating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for a fourth championship in Melbourne and 16th Grand Slam title overall.
“All of a sudden, it was over, and it hit me,” Federer said. “It was very much a roller-coaster.”
While Murray missed a chance to end a drought for British men at Grand Slam tournaments that stretches all the way to 1936,
Murray said he had chances in the first and third sets to put more pressure on Federer, but wasn’t given any room to take the next step. Now he’ll take a break, and rethink his strategy after moving to No. 3 in the rankings.
“I got great support back home the last couple of weeks. Sorry I couldn’t do it for you tonight but … He was a lot better than me tonight,” Murray said. “Hopefully, one time I can come back and win here.”
For Murray, it was all over too quickly. For Federer, it was celebrations as usual with close friends and family—although now he needs to make sure not to wake the babies.