Melbourne: Andy Murray rushed through his post-match press conference and admitted he just wanted to get home after the Scot's Australian Open dream was ended again by Novak Djokovic.
History repeats: Yesterday was the fourth time Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to the Norman Brookes Trophy in Melbourne. A combination of pictures above shows all four. (1) in 2011, (2) 2013, (3) 2015 (4) 2016. Pic/AFP
Murray was hoping to win a third Grand Slam title and halt a run of four losing finals in Melbourne, but Djokovic made it five with a 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7/3) win on Rod Laver Arena.
It brings an end to a turbulent fortnight for Murray, who has had his bags packed and was ready to leave if his wife Kim went into labour early at home.
There was also the unexpected collapse of his father-in-law Nigel Sears last weekend, when Murray admitted he was close to pulling out, before Sears got the all-clear.
The World No 2 said an emotional thank you to Kim in his post-match speech on court and with the contest finishing at just after 10.30pm, he aimed to catch an earlier than planned flight out of Melbourne, at around 1am.
"I'm proud that I got into this position, just quite looking forward to getting home now," Murray said.
"It's been hard. Regardless of today's result, it's been hard. Kim has been amazing. She's handled everything unbelievably well. I have to thank her for allowing me to play and stay here with everything that was going on."
On his plans to catch a flight, Murray said: "The earliest one was at 1am, but I've been held on flights for it feels like five days. I've been held on almost every single flight, so the first one out of here, I'm leaving."