Andy Murray revealed he came close to quitting the Australian Open after his father-in-law collapsed while watching a match, but the Brit is thankful events have now calmed.
Nigel Sears, the father of Murray’s wife, Kim, collapsed during Ana Ivanovic’s clash with Madison Keys at the Rod Laver Arena and had to be taken to hospital.
The 58-year-old, who coaches Ivanovic, has made a quick recovery, but Murray admitted he contemplated pulling out of his tie with Bernard Tomic.
“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.
“Me and Nige are very close. We spend a lot of time together. I’ve known him longer than I’ve known Kim, almost, because of what he does. It was tough.”
The world no2 has already pledged to leave the tournament early if his pregnant wife goes into labour with their first child.
But Murray is taking encouragement from the fact he was able to battle past Tomic despite spending his preparation by Sears’ bedside in hospital.
“The fact I was able to handle everything that has happened the last few days is a good sign. I wasn’t perfect today – far from it – and I didn’t expect to be before I went on the court,” he said after the 6-4 6-4 7-6 victory.
“I did show a lot of emotion and was very expressive on the court, animated from almost the first point of the match, the first game of the match – and I expected to feel that way.
“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.”
The 28-year-old will now face Spain’s David Ferrer on Wednesday in the quarter-finals.
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