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Murray comes up short in Australia
British hearts were broken as fans shared Andy Murray's pain after he lost in the Australian Open final to fierce rival Novak Djokovic in a gruelling encounter.
Despite a brave performance, the Scot went down by three sets to one, and friends and family back home suffered the collective agony of the defeat.
A clearly emotional Murray was gracious in defeat, saying on court: "Firstly obviously, I'd like to congratulate Novak. His record here is incredible.
"I'd also like to thank my team. They've done a great job with me and they help me all the time. I'd also like to thank the whole crowd, there's such a great atmosphere to play in and you're all very fair, so thank you very much."
The bruising battle, which left Murray with huge blisters that required treatment during the match, was received in his hometown of Dunblane with disappointment.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "This was Andy's third grand slam final in a row and I have no doubt he has many more to come.
"Andy played a great tournament and put in a fantastic effort. With one grand slam and an Olympic title under his belt Andy is already a Scottish sporting legend."
Members of the tennis player's family took to Twitter after the final to congratulate the winner. Judy Murray, his mother, wrote: "Congrats @DjokerNole. Incredible athlete. Perfect gentleman. #ausopen."
Murray's brother Jamie Murray tweeted: "Congrats to @DjokerNole incredible player and achievement! 3 Aussie Opens in a row. Treat yourself."
Fellow Scots sent their commiserations to Murray, with writer Irvine Welsh tweeting: "Hard luck Andy, did us proud again pal." Sir Chris Hoy tweeted: "Hard luck Andy Murray, still 3 more attempts left this year."