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Re: The "HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" HC Thread (Cincy!)

Quarterfinal FUN! ! !

Q. Do you also feel the good tennis you're playing is quite different from the good tennis that you played two or three years ago?

ANDY RODDICK: I think so. It's a little more aggressive, it's a little bit more on my terms. I can miss - I missed some tonight, too - but I feel like I'm missing on my terms.

The game constantly changes. You know, when I was playing three or four years ago, guys were a little bit more aggressive hitting the ball and so you could count on a little bit more errors, so I played a little bit more defense. The game's kind of evolving into runners, I think part because of slower conditions on tour and fitness is becoming an issue, so you see a lot more guys, uhm, that run a lot, you know, as opposed to hitters. And so I think that required me to change styles a little bit.

Q. You looked rather surprised when he was smashing his racquet toward the end there.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I didn't notice until I heard it, you know. But, uhm, you know, it was far from over in my mind.

Q. Must be frustrating when you know that you can beat somebody like that but you physically can't quite do it?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, but at the same time, I mean, it's not a bad thing for me to have lost tonight because, you know, if I'd gone all the way to the final and then, you know, I'd want to take two, three days off anyway and then, you know, I might not be able to prepare as well for the US Open as I want. But now I've got ten days, and I'll take two, three days off and train hard for four or five days, and then I can taper down before the tournament starts. It's not such a bad thing that I lost tonight.

Q. How did you actually feel when you woke up? What parts of the body were protesting?

ANDY MURRAY: I don't -- I just -- nothing felt tight or sore. Just, you know, when I was walking up stairs or when I went on the practice court, I just didn't have any spring, you know. I couldn't move to balls that I normally can. I couldn't, you know, bend down to balls. You know, that's one of the best parts of my game, is my defense and my passing shots. You know, I couldn't obviously do it as well as I normally do.

Q. Do you take some satisfaction from the fact that although your movement was pretty limited by your standards, you still had lots of different ways in which you were able to win points?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I mean, I was probably about 50% tonight. You know, I had, you know, two chances in his first two service games. I got to deuce in a lot of his service games. You know, almost managed to come back at the end there even though, you know, I wasn't moving too well and wasn't hitting the ball that great off the ground.
So, you know, if that's me playing at about 50%, then I think when I'm playing much better than that and feeling physically better, then, you know, I'll win against him a lot of times.

Q. About 45 minutes into it you started looking really tired. Yesterday you talked about a marathon and once you get near the end, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. How did you continue even though knowing you had a long way to go?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I decided before the match that I was gonna play, and maybe wasn't the most mature decision from me, you know. I've not been in this position too many times, and, you know, better players know their bodies and how it reacts. It was just maybe better not to go on the court because maybe next time I play against Roddick he'll have a bit more confidence.

You know, it was always going to be a tough ask. I think even though I did get behind early, uhm, you know, I made the decision to play the match, and I wanted to finish it.
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