Tennis fans will have to wait longer for a British Grand Slam winner after Andy Murray lost in straight sets in the Australian Open final.
Crowds had gathered in the Scot’s home town of Dunblane to watch as he attempted to become the first British man to triumph in one of the sport’s premier events for 75 years as he took on Novak Djokovic.
But the 23-year-old lost in Melbourne in three sets to the Serbian who was seeded third in the tournament.
Murray had lost in two grand slam finals before – the 2008 US Open and last year’s Australian Open.
Millions were expected to watch the match on TV after 6.3 million tuned in to last year’s Australian Open to watch Murray lose to Roger Federer.
Friends Gerry Logan and Gregor Burt, both from Falkirk, were among a crowd of 60 crammed into the Dunblane Hotel.
They agreed it wouldn’t be long until Murray got his first Grand Slam.
Mr Logan said: “We are obviously disappointed because Andy Murray didn’t do it but it’s going to happen.
“At the end of the day Djokovic is the most improved player on the tour and that’s why he beat Federer in three sets.
“Murray is improving all the time without a doubt and he’s going to get that win sometime soon.”