Andy Murray will endure some sleepless nights after spurning the chance to win his first Australian Open title, according to Novak Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker.
Murray was the clear favourite following Djokovic’s early exit but the Scot tumbled out in the fourth round on Sunday to world number 50 Mischa Zverev.
He may never get a better chance to end his Melbourne drought, with Djokovic struggling for form and the emerging generation yet to fully blossom.
And it leaves the men’s draw hard to predict with Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all well-placed to capitalise.
“It’s a tough loss for Andy,” said Becker, a two-time Australian Open champion.
“After an amazing finish to last year, he was the clear-cut favourite when the tournament started.
“That’s a tough pill to swallow but Andy is a toughie, he will find a way to recover, but he’s going to have a sleepless night or two.
“It’s really open now – already after the Djokovic loss everyone thought ‘it’s my year now’. After the Murray loss I think everybody else in the tournament feels that they have …