Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Q. One stage in that match you shouted 'focus' very loudly. Was it a match that was trying in terms of conditions, he was getting every bloody ball back?
ANDY MURRAY: Yes, I think also the beginning of the third set, it's an important stage of the match, you know, when he was up 4‑3 in the second with a break, then I won three games in a row and momentum was with me. You know, I mean, it was very, very hot and tough conditions today. You want to try to win the matches as quickly as possible. I had a few breakpoints early in the third set, I think in that game, and didn't get them. Yeah, it was tough because the conditions were very tricky.
Q. Were you nervous at the start? There were the two early service games.
ANDY MURRAY: I just didn't serve that well. Didn't serve well most of the match. That was why I actually felt okay. I mean, I lost serve, then I broke straight back I think both times. It was more the serving. I just didn't serve that well.
Q. First round do you worry too much about your performance or is it just a case of trying to get through?
ANDY MURRAY: I won in three sets. You know, I didn't serve very well. Only lost seven games in three sets, so I must have done something well today. Bogomolov, you know, I think he was seeded here last year. He made the third round. He plays his best tennis on the hard courts. He's a tough player. So, I mean, I played fairly well from the back of the court. I just would have liked to have served a bit better because, you know, I wasn't getting many free points on my serve. Because of that, there were a lot more rallies. When he's in a rhythm, he's tough to break down.
Q. I meant more in general in first‑round matches do you worry too much about your performance?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, sometimes I play great at the start of tournaments and not done well; sometimes I've played badly and got better. I mean, in Australia this year I struggled in my first‑round match with my game a bit. Physically didn't feel great. Then went on to have a good tournament. You know, the first‑round matches are tricky. Like I say, the conditions were hard today for both of us. That's probably why it was quite an up‑and‑down match.
Q. What happened when you got to the dropshot late in the match?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, just a little bit of a cramp. It was very, very humid on the court today. Maybe I didn't take enough fluid. You know, it happens. I haven't played that many matches in that sort of humidity for a while. It's probably a bit of a shock to the body. I need to make sure I'm on that for the next match.
Q. Did it catch you by surprise a little bit how tough the conditions were out there?
ANDY MURRAY: A little. It's been hot when I've been practicing the last few days. The breeze is a lot stronger than it has been. From one of the ends you had to do a lot of defending, a fair amount of running. That was probably the hardest thing rather than the heat.
Q. The court is so big, is that the windiest you've played in?
ANDY MURRAY: No, actually it's not. I mean, I think like during the Olympics, it was very, very windy on the Centre Court for quite a few of the matches. The semifinal day was especially windy. I mean, a lot of the big courts can get very windy. It wasn't swirling. It was fine. It was kind of consistent one way. It's just quite challenging, because like I say, when you're playing down at the far end you're trying to hit the ball flatter to get it through the wind. And then when you have the wind with you, you're trying to play with more spin and therefore you're changing your strokes a little bit. It can be tough to stay in a rhythm.
Q. There was a lot of talk before the Olympics of an Olympic legacy. Anytime people mention 'gold' people cheer. Is this something you're conscious of now, you're somebody who achieved something special?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, I know personally that winning a gold medal at a home Olympics is very rare. There's very few people that get the chance to do that. Yeah, I mean, it was a huge match for me. The support I've had since the match and since the Wimbledon final has been excellent, and it helps when you're playing matches.
Q. Just after you won, you went out and leapt up with a tremendous fist pump. What was going through your mind at the moment? What was that feeling?
ANDY MURRAY: I think when I first won the match, you know, you're a little bit shocked. I didn't know quite what to do. After a few minutes I'd been up and said whatever to the people in the box, kind of embraced them, my team and my family. And then, yeah, then when I got back down on the court I was really happy. I was obviously very pumped up. Yeah, it was just a release of emotion. You know, after having had the loss at Wimbledon a few weeks beforehand, which was very tough, tough mentally to take, that one was a lot easier.
Q. When you win the gold medal at the Olympics, is there any moment in all of your development, is there any moment that you say to yourself that it was worth all the hassle?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I knew after that match that everything you've kind of gone through as a player was worth it because it was the biggest win of my career by far. You know, I mean, I've had many tough losses. Obviously I've played tennis since I was ‑‑ properly since I moved over to Spain when I was 15, so about 10 years I've been playing. I've had a lot of doubts after losing. Even after the Wimbledon final a few weeks previously, you have a lot of doubts about yourself. But after winning a match like that you kind of forget about all of those things. Yeah, it's definitely, definitely worth all the hard work.
Q. Do you think the public perception changed, maybe your perception of yourself, after the Wimbledon loss?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I don't know about the public perception. That's not, I don't think, for me to say. I know after the final, the support I got from all the people around me, just people I was bumping into in the street, you know, whatever, was incredibly positive and something I hadn't experienced to that degree really ever before. And that helped me get over that Wimbledon loss much quicker, you know, because there was a lot of positivity. It helps. I mean, I don't really know what else to say. When everyone around you is positive and people are upbeat and positive, it makes a difference to the way you play, the way you feel about yourself. It makes it easier to perform.
Q. There's been a lot of talk about the possible Australian Open boycott over the past couple of days. Is that something the players feel might be necessary?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I think it came from the player meeting we had on Friday. The player meeting wasn't ‑ I don't know the word ‑ but when we went through the player meeting at the Aussie Open, it was pretty brutal. You know, everyone was speaking up. The whole tour was kind of together; they still are. There have been some changes made with regard to the Grand Slam prize money. But, yeah, I mean, the majority of the players want to see a change in the Grand Slams. You know, who knows what's going to happen. I mean, I hope it doesn't come down to that. I think that's bad for everybody, really.
Q. How likely would you say it is at the moment?
ANDY MURRAY: Have no idea. There's so many things that go into something like that, you know, with lawyers, forming unions, you know, all sorts of different scenarios that need to be kind of thought through first. I think right now it's a long way away, but I don't know how serious everybody is about it. If in the next month or two months they get everything sorted and ready to go, then, you know, I'll have a better answer at that time.
Q. Can you just describe what's transpired since winning the Olympics and where you are mentally and physically heading into this tournament.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, I basically came straight over. I played in Toronto a couple of days after the final, which ideally I wouldn't have done. And then, you know, I took a few days off after that. My knee was a bit sore. You know, I mean, I've had a good time. The last few weeks have been fun. I've enjoyed it. You know, mentally I feel like I'm in a good place; physically I think all the players are going to be tired after a long season. But this is the last major competition of the year, and you've just got to push through it and that's it.
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