Melbourne: Andy Murray once again froze on the biggest stage but instead of shedding tears as he did last year he simply shrugged off his failure to end 75 years of British grand slam hurt.
Murray embraced Novak Djokovic at the net after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 humbling by the Serb in the Australian Open final but then echoed the defeatist body language he had displayed in the match by saying he would not lose any sleep over his latest flop.
"It's better than it was last year," shrugged the fifth seed, who was reduced to tears after being beaten by Roger Federer in last year's Melbourne final.
"It was obviously tough, disappointing. You know, I thought Novak played unbelievably well. Yeah, it's tough, but I've got to deal with it."
Murray has now lost three major finals, failing to win a set in any, and Britain's wait for a first men's grand slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 continues after a display in which the Scot only became animated when yelling at his box to "Be quiet."
"Against Novak you need to be firing on all cylinders," said Murray, offering the usual platitudes in a monotone which screamed 'Get me out of here'.
He went on to say a grand slam title might not be the be all and end all for him.
"It's not something I lose sleep over at night," said the 23-year-old Scot, also thrashed by Federer in the 2008 US Open final.
"It's going to be tough for a few days. I want to try and win one, of course. But if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.”
"I take tennis very seriously. But I love my life away from tennis as well. This year, compared with last, I'm very, very happy off the court.”
"I'm enjoying myself. There's other things to look forward to."
First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 13:10