Australian Open - Reaction: Will Murray ever win a Grand Slam?
A round-up of all the reaction, with the legends of tennis offering words of support for Andy Murray - but the newspaper feature writers are not being as kind to the 23-year-old Scot.
Boris Becker, Daily Telegraph: "This result was not because of nerves or stage fright -- Murray was cool as a cucumber. It was simple tennis stuff: he had the wrong strategy. Tennis is a very intellectual and calculated sport. If you do A, the answer will be B and C, and how Andy plays each point is now crucial.
"Talent only gets you so far, and the simple fact is that no one is going to lose a Grand Slam for you. The winner will be the guy who dominates the middle of the court, who makes his opponent wear out his rubber soles. That is how Andy has to do it from the get-go.
"Andy is too good not to win a major. Watching his finals against Roger Federer - in the US Open in 2008, and the Australian Open last year - were interesting but not as instructive as this one against Novak Djokovic.
"Andy's and Novak's games are so similar it is a joke, yet only one of them was prepared to go out of his comfort zone to take control. Murray can learn a big lesson from this."
Tim Henman, BBC: "Andy has had a fantastic tournament but, having coming up short again, I hope the people around him can continue to support him. He's still played some great tennis and he's got to keep giving himself the opportunities as I believe he can win a Grand Slam...
"There is a stigma that goes with losing three finals, but it doesn't alter my belief that he can win a Grand Slam, and hopefully it won't alter his. There are some great champions who went on to win after losing Grand Slam finals, like Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl, but at this moment it's hanging over his head and it will be a long flight home."
Martina Navratoliva, The Times: "I'm sure plenty of criticism will be levelled at Andy Murray, but I watched the final between him and Djokovic and came away thinking that Murray most definitely has the ability to win a Grand Slam...
"Murray should not beat himself up so much. He needs to adjust his attitude. Early in the match he was good, then it fell apart. He needs to be more forgiving of himself and play a more varied game all year, not just at Grand Slams and in finals...
"On the big points, when it mattered, he dug deep and pulled out some fantastic shots, but going forward he needs to attack more and be aggressive from the start.
"Murray has the expertise now to mix up his game and this is what he needs to work on, especially when he is facing somebody as strong as Djokovic."
Novak Djokovic: "It's a mental issue playing the final of a Grand Slam and being so close to winning a title. Every time you get there you want to win it badly but some things go wrong. You're thinking too much. You're worrying too much in your head. It's a mental battle, definitely.
"Bottom line is this is a mental sport in the end. Everyone is fit. I understand how he feels. It's his third final and he didn't get the title. It's tough.
"I really have big respect for Andy and his game because he has all it takes to become a Slam champion. I'm sure that very soon he will be. He's a very talented player and a hard worker. He's been in finals three times and just needs to make that final step."
The Times: "The great champions play better in Grand Slam finals than they do in any other matches; so far, Murray has shown that he plays worse. He sinks on the great occasion.
"Djokovic, his opponent, was superb all right, but there's more to it than Serbian excellence. Murray was a significant contributor to his own downfall. Murray at his best has the game to deal with Djokovic, and he should be able to stretch him every time. Certainly Djokovic was brilliant at times yesterday but he looked better than he was because Murray made such a sorry contrast."
Daily Record: "Where now for the Monty of tennis?... As he retreats to his plush London pad the Scot should retire to a darkened room and ponder why his undoubted tennis talent goes AWOL when it matters most....
"Why was his display so poor? Why did he look jaded after a straightforward passage through the draw? Why did he regress to the passive Murray of old after storming to the Australian Open final playing assertive, aggressive tennis? And most importantly: what does he do now?"
The Sun: "It wasn't so much a defeat as a massacre. Rage and frustration were etched all over Andy Murray's face as he once again came up not just short but miles off."
The Independent: "Someone should tell Murray the things that seemed to escape him utterly yesterday in his third and, in all the circumstances, feeblest attempt to win a Grand Slam final. Most vitally, you do not back into one of the defining moments of a potentially great career.
"You don't go on repeating the same old mistakes. You don't get lost in rambling, foul-mouthed monologues, or body language that could intensify the gloom at a funeral. You exploit the game you have been given and the one upon which you have worked slavishly hard. You don't have to charge the net, kamikaze style, and try to make every shot a drop-dead winner.
"But you do have to believe in yourself a bit - and you do have to step out fearlessly on to at least a little new terrain."
The Herald: "Everyone will have an opinion. But there is only one that matters. Andy Murray's third straight-sets defeat in a Grand Slam final will have stirred the armchair psychologists and exercised the vocal cords of those self-styled coaches whose expertise and experience is restricted to a fortnight in front of the telly at Wimbledon.
"But only the 23-year-old Scot can judge the validity of the criticism and chart the way forward.
"Murray faces a series of accusations. Has he the 'bottle' to win a Grand Slam? Has he even the talent to do so? These questions provide much heated debate between Murray's supporters and his detractors. They serve little purpose. They can only be answered by victory in a Grand Slam final."