Andy Murray Admits Being Too Emotional at Australian Open

Andy Murray in action against Bernard Tomic of Australia, January 25, in Melbourne. Murray’s Australian Open has been overshadowed by emotional concerns. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Andy Murray has revealed that his emotions have got the better of him at the Australian Open, despite his seemingly serene progress to the quarter-finals.

Murray faces Spaniard David Ferrer on Wednesday at Melbourne Park after he beat Bernard Tomic, the home hope, in the round of 16.

But that victory was marred by the worrying collapse of Murray's father-in-law Nigel Sears, who had been watching Ana Ivanovic, the woman he coaches, in action on an adjacent court.

The Guardian reported on Monday that 58-year-old Sears, father of Murray's wife Kim, had been given permission to travel home to England, after spending the weekend in hospital.

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But Murray admitted that had the episode been any worse, he would have abandoned a Grand Slam he has a very real chance of winning.

"If the news was not positive, then, no, there was absolutely no chance I would have kept playing," Murray said.

"It was a tough couple of days. There is a lot of stuff going on right now, back home as well. It has not been easy for anyone.

"But I think in the next few days I will definitely be a lot calmer, get some good rest in and I think I will be fine now."

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Kim Sears is expecting a baby in February, and Murray has said on two occasions that he will fly home from the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam, should she go into labor during the tournament.

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