Post-event - Andy Murray
Monday, May 24, 2010
Q. Did you feel that if you could just get one set and back into the match that things would start to fall your way?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I don't think I didn't play a great first set, and, you know, I wanted to try and win the first set quite badly. Maybe that was why I put a little bit too much emphasis on winning that set.
I knew that it was going to be tough for him if I went really long. But, I mean, he was playing some great tennis. He was hitting huge balls and taking loads of chances, and the stats would suggest that both of us played a pretty high level, more winners than unforced errors.
Just managed to come back in the end by fighting hard and believing.
Q. When a match gets messy like that where somebody is really affected by illness or something, how important is it to maintain your own focus for that? Because it could get very, very strange, couldn't it, with momentum lost and huge gaps in momentum coming back again?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was tough. You know, it's important to try as much as possible not to show how you're feeling. You know, it was a four hour match for me as well, so it was long and tough and mentally pretty draining after, you know, being two sets to love down.
You know, you need to yeah, you just need to try and stay focused on your own game. You know, against someone like him it's tough, because, you know, he was just ripping balls. It's difficult when guys are playing like that. I looked up at one point, and he'd hit like 59 winners and 30 unforced errors.
You know, he's hitting a big ball. You need to chase everything down and fight hard and believe in yourself. That's it.
Q. Is there a danger when you see someone hobbling a bit like that to just let him lose the game rather than you kill him off?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I think I did a good job at that today.
You know, I started making him run a lot, but didn't give too many unforced errors. Started putting a lot more returns in court. When I saw he was struggling, yeah, just kept him moving as much as possible, and you know, had a lot of a lot of the long rallies, as the match went on I started to win more and more of them.
Yeah, I mean, I guess you could do that. You could take your eye off the ball a little bit, but I didn't today.
Q. What niggles did you have during the match, and how do you feel right now?
ANDY MURRAY: My knee is sore. A four hour match probably wasn't the best thing for it when it's been sore the last few days. You know, I just gotta do my best to try and make it better for the next round.
No, I mean, everyone has their problems. Everyone has different issues. It's very hard in an individual sport, especially one like this, you know, to play a four hour matches, five set matches in that heat. I mean, it was pretty it was very hot today.
You know, so you're probably going to be a little bit dehydrated. You just need to sort of try and manage the problems as best you can.
Q. How did you find the experience of playing in front of what was quite a partisan crowd?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was good. You know, I thought they were pretty fair. You know, they did get behind him, as you would expect. But, you know, I didn't feel like they were, you know, silent when I was hitting winners or playing good points. You know, they do appreciate good tennis here, which is nice.
You know, but it was really good experience for me, especially when I was quite a long way behind to come back. You know, obviously did it against him a few years ago at Wimbledon, and, you know, the crowd helps; whereas today it was pretty much only yourself that's got to get it back and get back into it.
Q. You talked about obviously managing the knee. Is it different at the moment to the way you've been managing it other parts of the year? Is it causing more pain? Requiring more icing? Is there anything different?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, yeah, it's sore. My knee hurts. But, you know, just like I say, I just got to try and manage it. It hurts at different parts of the year, you know. I can't do anything about it. It's just something I was born with, and just gonna have to deal with for my whole career.
It's a lot worse than people think. It hurts, you know, a majority of the year, but it's something that I know it's not it's a lot easier mentally than, you know, when other things are sore, because I've had it since I was 16. It's gonna be there my whole life.
It's not like I can do my knee a whole lot of damage. It's just like pretty much tendinitis in the knee. So it's just sore.
Q. After the second set, I think you complained to the umpire about the time Gasquet was taking between points.
ANDY MURRAY: No, I wasn't complaining. I was complaining about every not one service game in the first two sets did I serve when I was ready. Every time we were waiting 30 seconds, a minute, before I could serve. And, you know, it was supposedly people were up and moving around.
I just felt like, you know, it's fine a few times, but, you know, there's always people moving in the crowd at some point. You know, especially I don't know how big that stadium is, but there's always people moving around.
You know, I felt like I should have been able to have served and started the games when I wanted to, because, you know, it's just a bit frustrating. I didn't want only one time did I get to serve when I was ready to in the first two sets.
Q. Did things get better in the end then, from that point of view?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, it kind of changed a little bit, because after the second set he was always serving after the breaks, and then he was serving when he was ready, not the other way around.
So it was, I guess, affecting him more than me.
Q. Can you talk about Chela? Obviously you have had a straight sets win so recently against him. But on this surface, he's dangerous, isn't he?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he's good. He's a very good player. He's obviously got a lot of experience. Yeah, I just need to make sure I recover well. If I feel good going into the match, then, you know, I'll be confident that I can win.
But, you know, he can't be underestimated with the results he's had, not only here, but on a lot of the clay courts surfaces during his career.
Q. With everything you've said about your knee and the fact that you've had a five setter today, will you prepare any differently tomorrow ahead of the Chela match to keep yourself nice and fit?
ANDY MURRAY: You know, I'm going to practice late tomorrow. I'll practice in the afternoon, so I can sleep late and eat a lot and just rest and recover.
You know, I've dealt with it, like I said, for a long, long time now. So, you know, I just need to make sure I manage it well. But I'm not gonna change I treat it pretty much the same way the whole way the whole time throughout the year.
Q. At 3 2 in the third set, did you not think the match was starting to slip away?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, it's obviously not the best position to be in. But, you know, it does help when, you know, you've come back against him in the past from a similar situation.
It was just difficult because, you know, I wasn't returning well. That was the one big change in my game, from that point onward, to start making a lot more. It's something I'm gonna need to make sure I do well the remainder of the tournament if I want to go deep.
You know, I lost my serve three, four times today in a five set match, and I hadn't broken serve for two and a half sets, which isn't great. That's what I need to do better.
Q. He made a lot of noise about wanting a Tuesday start, saying he played a Saturday final and thought it was only fair to be given a Tuesday start. Were you consulted at all about what you wanted to do, or do the supervisors, the schedulers, just tell you it's going to be Monday and that's that?
ANDY MURRAY: I like Richard a lot, but I think that's not a valid excuse at all. You know, do they move the finals of the tournaments the week before the Slams to Saturday to make it? You know, if guys have to play on a Monday, then they have to do that.
It's one of the reasons why none of the higher ranked players play the week before, because it's tough coming from one place to the next. You know, you're bound to be tired, but I don't see why I should be punished for having to play two days in a row if we move to Tuesday and we had the same match like we did today, you know, finished by the time I'm actually leaving here it's 10:00, after 10:00.
You have to come back and play the next day just because he did well the week before, you know, I don't think that's ever happened in the past where they've moved someone just because you've done well the week before. So I don't think that that's yeah, I think it's right that we played on Monday.
Q. But you weren't asked?
ANDY MURRAY: No.
Q. You talked about how important the first set was going to be, but I guess your serve percentage was obviously low and climbed, and maybe you say that your returns started badly and then improved. So is it frustrating that maybe you're feeling your way into the matches a little bit at the moment?
ANDY MURRAY: Um, well, that happened here, yeah, first match. But, you know, like I say, I would have liked to have served better, that's for sure.
But in a five set match, if I can lose serve three or four times, you know, normally bet on myself to return. So it's the return game that I would love to serve better, but, you know, it's more the return game that's more important to me.
I mean, you know try and start the next match better. But sometimes guys can play great tennis, and he was playing some pretty good tennis today at the start.
Q. You said going into this that obviously clay physically and mentally is a massive challenge, and you're going to have to run a lot of balls down. You may not want to, but you're gonna have to do it. Coming through something like today, does that just confirm to you that you are equipped to go very deep into this tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Um, well, I mean, I hope so. But, you know, you obviously you can't play that many five set matches, you know. So I hope in the next round, you know, if I play well I can come through that, you know, a bit quicker, because it's important, if you want to play well here, especially, you know, to conserve some energy.
You know, but that was a good, really good test for me today, and I was happy I managed to come through after being quite a long way back.