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Andy Murray - quarter-final

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Andy Murray’s press conference after his 4‑6, 3‑6, 6‑1, 6‑4, 7‑5 victory against Fernando Verdasco.

Q.  How long does it take you to recover physically and mentally from an effort like that?

ANDY MURRAY:  Uhm, well, it depends.  Providing I'm able to do the right things to recover properly, then you can feel decent the next day.  You know, the thing with grass court tennis is the rallies around that long.

But today I did put a lot of, lot of effort into chasing every single ball down.  I was, yeah, doing a lot of widths of the court.

I have no idea.  I actually feel pretty good just now.  I don't feel too bad.  But it's normally the following morning when you'll feel it most.

Q.  How would you describe the situation you were in and how you were able to come back?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, it was a tough situation.  The second set was a bad set of tennis for me.  I was 3‑1 up and then made some bad mistakes, poor choices on the court.  Then I turned it round really well after that.

Q.  How?

ANDY MURRAY:  Thought about what I was doing wrong and the best way to get myself to get back into the match.  Changed tactics a little bit.  Was more patient.  Took a bit longer between points.  Didn't rush and didn't get him any free points after that.

I gave too many free points away in the second set.  I thought the first set was a good standard and we both played some good tennis in that first set.  You know, he came up with some good shots in the last game of the set.

But second set I was making way too many mistakes.

Q.  You know that Fernando has a lot of firepower and is a great player.  Were you surprised by how he served in the match, particularly his second serve?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, he really went for it and he served extremely well.  I mean, I wouldn't say I was surprised in terms of the pace he was serving at because, you know, you can check the stats from the other matches and he's been serving big the whole tournament.

A lot of serves very close to the line on big points.  It wasn't like he was sort of ‑‑ when he was breakpoints down on second serves he wasn't slowing it down or going for the middle of the box.  He was going out the lines and came up with some huge serves on big moments throughout the whole match really.

Q.  Alex Ferguson crashed your press conference at the US Open.  Have you had a chance to talk to him yet?

ANDY MURRAY:  No.  Just got off the court a few minutes ago, so I haven't seen anyone yet.  Just the guys.  I was on the bike and then was about to start treatment before I came up here.

Q.  He's famous for coming back from two‑nil down at Manchester United.  I saw tweeting that your win is a bit like Fergy time.  Can you appreciate that is a similarity?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, I think when you play more and more matches and gain more experience you understand how to turn matches around and how to change the momentum of games.

That can be tactical; sometimes it can be your opponent.  But, you know, often you need to be the one making the change.  Maybe when I was younger, you know, I could have lost that match.

But I think I've learnt, yeah, how to come back from tough situations more as I got older.

Q.  Young Kyle Edmund has been training with you lately.  How do you rate his progress at the moment?  Will you be talking to him at all in the next couple days and will you be talking to him about Jerzy Janowicz?

ANDY MURRAY:  I know Janowicz pretty well.  I played him a couple of times.  I followed him a bit this year.

Yeah, I've hit with Kyle quite a few times.  He's a hard worker.  You know, he wants to be a professional tennis player.  He puts in the effort on the court and in the gym.  That's one of the most important things.

So if he keeps doing those things right, he'll give himself the best chance of becoming a very good professional tennis player.

Q.  No surprise to you, but Verdasco's forehand, sometimes to watch him from afar looks like a force of nature.  What was it like playing against that today?

ANDY MURRAY:  The serve for me was trickier than the forehand.  I mean, there's a lot of guys on the tour that have, you know, big forehands and big strokes.  I didn't find the forehand as hard to deal with as the serve.

He served extremely well, and, because of that serve he's able to dictate points with his forehand.  Once I was able to get into the rallies and return a bit better and stuff I was able to sort of take away the power or strength of his forehand.

But when he was serving well he could serve and dictate the points with his forehand.  When he's doing that, he's incredibly tough to beat.

Q.  How much does it help to know that you've come back from that situation a number of times before?

ANDY MURRAY:  Uhm, I mean, I guess it helps.  If you've never done it before ‑‑ you know, if you haven't done it before you don't know exactly what it takes and how to turn it round.

Like I was playing there, the more times you're in those positions and the more times you can come back, you understand the way you need to think and the way you need to sort of negotiate your way through the last few sets.

Did a good job with that.  You know, sometimes it can be easy to get back to two sets all.  The fifth set, the final set, often the guy who won the first two comes back and wins that one.  It's normally the toughest set of the three to win.

I was expecting it to be tough and hung in well.

Q.  Obviously a lot of interaction with the crowd.  The crowd was very passionate.  Do you remember any snippets or reactions that you retain now that struck you while you were playing?

ANDY MURRAY:  No.  I just think it's a great atmosphere, you know, at the end of the match to be playing in.  I love it when it's like that.  It was extremely noisy.  They were right into it pretty much every single point.

That's kind of what you remember.  It's not one point really; it's more just the atmosphere of the entire match.  It was good today, especially when I went behind.

Q.  Was it better to actually have gone through a big fight like that rather than breezing straight through?

ANDY MURRAY:  No idea.  You never know.  The next match will be different to the one today.  Who knows?  Some of the guys have gone through, like Novak I don't think has lost a set yet.  I'm sure he's pretty happy with where his game is at just now.

I'm happy to be in the semis.  Regardless of whether it's been five sets or the first matches were in three sets, it makes no difference.

Q.  There's been talk about David Cameron having tweeted you this morning and the so called curse of Cameron, which I think sort of spooked the country a bit.  Is that something you were aware of?  How superstitious are you about things like that?

ANDY MURRAY:  No.  What he tweets has absolutely zero bearing on the outcome of my match today ‑ zero at all.  It's nice to get messages from the prime minister, but whether I win or not, his tweet has no bearing on that at all.  That's just people trying to make a story out of nothing.

Q.  You obviously get quite frustrated with yourself at times.  I think you were caught on camera calling yourself a horrible name.  How hard do you find it to balance that frustration and calm yourself down and get yourself back into the match?

ANDY MURRAY:  I think, again, I'm much better at doing that now than I was in the past.  And, yeah, it's something you learn with playing matches and with age, being more mature.  That's it.

Obviously a lot of players get frustrated on the court, but you need to try and find a way to respond and not get too down on yourself.  Providing it's, you know, for a point or two points.  But it shouldn't be affecting me for three, four games at a time.

It may have done in the past, but I don't think that's the case anymore.

Q.  At the end of the second set when you lost the three breakpoints, you were quite frustrated and you pointed at the sky and said something or asked something of yourself, perhaps.  What was it?

ANDY MURRAY:  I don't recall that.  Sorry.  I have no idea.  It wasn't intentional.  I don't know.  I might have been saying something about what I should have done in the last game or whatever, but I wasn't praying or anything like that (smiling).

Q.  Was there a point when you were genuinely worried you were going to go out of the tournament, or does your brain not work like that?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, you're obviously concerned.  You're more concerned about losing the match, not thinking so much that, I'm going to lose at Wimbledon.  You're concerned how the match is going and that you may lose.

But, again, when you've been in that position a lot of times you know how to think through it and not get too far ahead of yourself.

I definitely didn't rush when I went two sets to love down.  I slowed myself down, if anything, and that was a good sign.

Q.  What kind of match do you expect against Jerzy Janowicz, who has a different game?

ANDY MURRAY:  It will be a very tough match.  He has a big serve.  He's a big guy with a lot of power.  He also has pretty good touch.  He likes to hit dropshots.  He doesn't just whack every single shot as hard as he can.

It will be a very tough match.  He's played extremely well here, I think.  He had a tough match in the last round against Melzer, but apart from that he's been pretty convincing.  He's a tough player.

Q.  Have you noticed the crowd being more confident in you this year than in years past?  Maybe chalk that up to you having won the US Open and the Olympics?  Seems like there's less pessimism sometimes, even when you're down in the match.

ANDY MURRAY:  I don't know.  I mean, I try not to think too much about the reactions and stuff when you miss shots or whatever.

But today when I went behind, the crowd definitely got right behind me and made a huge, huge difference.  You know, if they can be like that from the first point to the last in all of the matches, it makes a huge difference.

Q.  What were you talking to the umpire about during the match?  What was the distraction that kept occurring during the match?

ANDY MURRAY:  When I served at whenever it was, 3‑All or 4‑3 down, 15‑Love, just as I threw the ball up there was a guy in the crowd taking pictures with the flash.  So that was what I asked him to stop.

I don't know what the other distraction was, but I think it may have been one of the lines judges moving his chair when Verdasco was serving.  The umpire heard it and I heard it.  We didn't know exactly what it was, but I assume that's what it was.

Q.  The common line I think is since you won the US Open you would have less pressure or whatever coming in here, it would feel different.  Now that you've gotten this far, does it feel any different, or Wimbledon, is it the same circus for you and pressure as before?

ANDY MURRAY:  I think it's pretty much the same.  Not a whole lot's changed.

I mean, for me, I mean, I know if I had to finish my tennis career tomorrow, I'd be content that I won the US Open.  But, you know, I also wanted to try and win more.  The fact I'm still playing, giving myself an opportunity to play in the latter stages of these events, I want to try to win them.

The pressure's still there.  I put a lot of pressure on myself.

Q.  Your mum previously said that Verdasco is a player she admires.  Was it difficult playing one of her favorites?

ANDY MURRAY:  No.

Q.  Were you particularly nervous at all today?  Was that a factor in the second set?

ANDY MURRAY:  No, I didn't think I started the match nervously.  I thought I started the match well.  I played a good first set.  I created quite a few chances on his serve.

Maybe didn't play the best game when I got broken, but he also did come up with some good stuff.

But in the second set, again, I was up 3‑1.  I wasn't nervous a set down and 3‑1 up.  I just started making mental errors, made some bad mistakes.  That was it.  Rather than nerves, I think I just didn't play a good second set.

 


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