Barry Cowan has made an appeal to Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray to control his emotions on court after the number one ranked British threw away his chances in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic after losing his cool.
The Scot appeared to be getting a strong footing on the match in the third set when he broke the Serbian to race away to a 2-0 lead but his opponent’s injury break made him los focus as he went on to lose the match in four sets in Melbourne.
Murray has been very composed when it comes to Grand Slam finals in recent years, showing that he can be cool when things get heated up during the US Open and Wimbledon finals but according to Cowan, signs of the old vulnerability flared up again during his loss to Djokovic.
The Sky Sports expert said that it is easier to be composed from the comfort of one’s arm chair but in the heat of the game, it becomes very difficult to control one’s temper, especially in such a high octane match. He added that it felt as if the red mist had descended on Murray.
He added that no football manager would want his big game players to get sent off in a match and he would prefer them to be keeping their composure and that is the same for Murray. Cowan mentioned that it is something that he needs to address if he plans to win any more Grand Slam titles in the future.
Cowan mentioned that the likes of Roger Federer have all been so successful because they have never let the heat of the match get into their minds and mess up their focus and Andy Murray needs to do the same from now on and he needs his coaches to support him.