After his 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Spanish baller Marcel Gronellers, Andy Murray was asked in his post-match presser about recent statements by Roger Federer + Novak Djokovic questioning his place as a fave for the Aussie Open title:
Q. Have you been intrigued that Roger and Novak are a bit irritated that you're getting a bit more attention and people are suggesting you might even win this thing?So no mention of Nole meriting fave status Andy? Interesting. Anyway, after your tremendous results recently including wins over Fed and the defending champ, you deserve to be included in the group of faves for the title - period. Everyone starts at zero and some were faves while some others were surprises when they grabbed their maiden major.
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, quite big contradictions. You know, they don't ‑‑ you know, they say there's a lot of pressure on them, but then people aren't saying they're the favorites, but they want to be the favorites. Therefore, by saying they're the favorites, they're putting more pressure back on themselves.
I don't really understand the whole thing. I mean, I think I played well enough in the last six or seven months to be in that sort of group. Whether I'm the favorite or not, I don't know.
Like I said at the start of the tournament, Federer, Nadal have got the most experience, you know, and probably merit being favorites. But there's a reason why people think I have a chance to win here, because I played very well the last few months and won against them.
The real champion will be crowned in a little over a week anyway.
However, I can't say that I'm not enjoying the fireworks!
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