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Murray plays down rift with Djoker

Murray plays down rift with Djoker
Andy Murray on Tuesday said there is no need for Novak Djokovic to explain himself after their controversial Australian Open final. Djokovic struggled through to an eighth Grand Slam title eight days ago, looking beaten physically but pulling through for a four-set victory at the expense of a furious Murray, who came close to accusing him of theatrics on court.

“Everything has been made out to be much bigger than what is was. That happens all the time these days. In reality, you can go through periods of being very tired, then get better. You can get a second wind. As the finishing line gets closer, you can feel better. If Novak feels he has something to explain, I’d be pleased to speak with him, But I don’t feel he really needs to explain anything,” said the number four Scot ahead of the Rotterdam World Tennis championship. Murray added while media may try and beat up the story of his own anger at losing the Melbourne final for a fourth time into a feud, he and Djkoivic remain on excellent terms.

Last year’s Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka meanwhile said he is happy to shake up his February schedule as he makes a return to Rotterdam for the first time in a decade. The Swiss 29-year-old was to have played here 12 months ago, but a combination of injury plus the sheer shock of lifting a first Grand Slam title kept him away.

Now, Wawrinka, whose ranking has slipped to ninth after going out in the Melbourne semi-finals to Djokovic, has come good on his vow to shake up his scheduling.  “I haven’t played indoor in February for 10 years. I used to play in South America and the last few years I haven’t played in February. I’m excited to be back. I feel good. It’s important for me to come to play here. it a great tournament, a good indoor court,” said Wawrinka, who lost in the 2005 second round here to Roger Federer.

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