Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Q. You said you thought he was going to be hard to break down on clay. It felt like you had to keep going for more and more to try to do that. Is that how it felt to you?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I think, I mean, I thought I played some good tennis tonight. I just didn’t convert. I mean, I had a lot of chances in the last couple of sets on his serve and I lost a lot of really long games on my serve, which didn’t help.
Against him, you know, he is so solid, so consistent, you know, that if you’re not converting your opportunities, it turns to many long games and then the pressure can build on your serve.
He obviously broke me a lot times the last couple of sets. I had chances to break him and didn’t convert them like he did.
Q. Every time you broke his serve, he broke you straight back again. Was there a particular reason for that, you think?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, he returns very well. He broke my serve many times tonight also aside from those times. You know, I don’t know. I mean, I would need to watch the match back and see exactly why that would have happened.
But it wasn’t something that was something I thought about during the match. It’s something I need to look at it and see if it was something that I did wrong or something he did well.
Q. Coming into the last four, whom do you pick to win the tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I mean, I think it’s probably the four best clay courters in the world, and whoever plays the best in the matches will win. You know, you would probably favor Rafa slightly, but everyone else is playing very, very well.
Q. How much did the rain delay at the start of the third set change things? You seemed to have the momentum after the tiebreak.
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. He started better than me after the rain delay, but then I did break to get back in at 3‑2 and was feeling okay.
Ideally I would have liked to have started a bit better. It was the same obviously for both of us. It was actually probably better conditions to play in after we came back. After the rain delay there wasn’t as much wind and the sun was out a little bit.
Q. How did you look at your whole tournament? After five semifinals in a row, is it a disappointment that you couldn’t continue the run?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I think it was a good tournament for me. You know, coming in, you know, probably wasn’t feeling as good as I did coming in last year. Like I say, I believe I lost to a better clay‑court player than me tonight.
I’ll need to work on some things in my clay court game for next year. But, you know, it’s not the first time he’s won against me on clay. It was going to be a tough match for me, and it proved that way.
But, you know, I won against Chela in the quarterfinals last year, and obviously this year I was playing against Ferrer, so it was a slightly different match‑up.
Q. Physically how are you going into the grass court season? You’ve put yourself in a position where you can compete like this. How do you feel physically going into the grass?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I feel okay. I’ll need to put some good work in before Wimbledon, that’s for sure. I was sort of getting a little bit out of breath after some of the longer rallies.
I need to make sure I get a solid base in before Wimbledon.
Q. What are the main positives you can take from this? Is it still that disappointment you’re going to take with you?
ANDY MURRAY: Like I said, I’m not really, really disappointed. Yeah, I mean, it was a decent tournament. I mean, coming in, like I said, I didn’t feel as good as last year, but after the match in the second round, yeah, I mean, if I’m looking at the positives, it was good to get into this position.
You know, I was playing some good tennis towards the end. Just made a few more mistakes than I would have liked to.
Q. The original back problem, is that still an issue or do you think you’ve got over that now?
ANDY MURRAY: The original one? You mean before the tournament? We’ll see how it feels over the next few months. But again, I’m sure I’ll have to answer it many times over the next few months.
Every player has niggles. Everybody has problems from time to time. Everyone has to find ways of dealing with them.
I think the grass will probably help a bit. You’re not having to generate as much power because the ball is coming into you a little bit more and doesn’t get up as high as it does on the clay. I think the grass will help.
Q. Sorry to labor the point, but everything is okay for Queen’s? You’re not considering pulling out of Queen’s or anything like that?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, it wasn’t something ‑‑ I haven’t spoken to any of the guys about it.
Yeah, I was purely concentrating on this tournament. I’ll sit down and discuss this event and then the best way to prepare for Wimbledon probably tomorrow I would have thought.
Q. The fact that this is a tournament on clay, which is obviously your least‑favored surface, does that make it psychologically harder when you come up against the big break points and the issue of trying to consolidate a break of serve?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I don’t think psychologically it’s harder. You know, you need to be patient but make sure there is enough on your ball so that you’re not letting a guy like Ferrer dictate a lot of the points when it’s on the big points.
Again, tonight I feel like I went for my shots. I went for it. If I hadn’t done, I would have got criticized for that. If I do go for my shots, then I get criticized for making mistakes.
I played the way that I thought was best to win the match. I don’t think it was down to a psychological thing because I went for it, and just it was down to poor execution of the shots.
Q. If I can double belabor the point, would you consider going into Wimbledon not playing another grass court tournament because of the back?
ANDY MURRAY: I’ll do what’s best for my preparation for Wimbledon, back or not. Like I said, I need to get some good physical work done. That’s going to be important.
So, you know, when I can get that done, whether it’s over the next five, six days before I play at Queen’s or the four or five days I would have after Queen’s before the tournament obviously at Wimbledon, I mean, it’s not a disaster if I can’t play a tournament beforehand.
Novak didn’t play before Australia this year; I don’t believe he played before Wimbledon last year. Many times Roger has not played an event before.
It happens all the time. You just need to make sure you’re comfortable on the courts and the surface you’re playing on before you start the tournament.
Q. When are you heading home, and when do I think you’ll start hitting on grass?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I go home I would have thought tomorrow, soon as I can get back.
Then I don’t know when I’ll start play. I’ll need to speak to all the guys and discuss when the best time to start is. I probably could do with a day or two off as well.
Q. You’ve always said that you wouldn’t come here if you didn’t think you couldn’t win the French Open. Do you leave here still believing that you can in the future?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, again, I think coming into the event there was no reason to play unless I thought I had a shot at winning. It’s obviously a surface that I’m going to need to improve on a lot if I want to win the event.
But you never know. Stranger things have happened. I think I would have had a good match with someone like Gaudio on the clay. And someone like Magnus Norman, it is possible to win the event.
But you have to play your best tennis to do that; tonight I didn’t.