Interview with Andy Murray after his
lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2010
04/07/10--Q. Your thoughts on that?
ANDY MURRAY: Disappointed. You know, I had chances in all
of the sets. You know, I haven't seen the stats, but I
would guess it was the difference of maybe five or six
points in the match.
Yeah, he just played better than me. But I'm disappointed
because I had chances.
Q. Did you feel you got into the rhythm of your own
game during the match?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah. But, I mean, you're not going to
be able to play every single point on your terms against
the best player in the world, one of the best players
ever. You can't.
You know, you're going to need to, you know, go through
periods in the match where he can be dictating, and
there's periods in the match where, you know, I was
You know, it was tough. But, yeah, I didn't feel like I
wasn't in a rhythm. I won a lot of points off my serve.
You know, until the end of the match, he didn't have a
breakpoint until the last couple of games. Was obviously
doing something right.
Q. When he hit that the double-fault in the
tiebreaker, I mean, it as a bit of a shocker. Did it
throw you off?
ANDY MURRAY: No, not at all. I mean, not if you look at
the next point he played. No, it didn't at all. He played
a really good point. He hit a big forehand. Hit a good
pass. He hit a great angle volley on the next point. Hit
a let cord passing shot on the next one.
You know, there's nothing you can do about it.
Q. With all that was at stake today, how does this
compare to what could have been for you in this
ANDY MURRAY: I'm annoyed I lost this match. There's a
great player in the final, and the other half has just
beaten the No. 1 player -- No. 2 in the world and No. 3
in the world in back-to-back matches pretty convincingly,
I'm disappointed I didn't win today, because I wanted to
reach my first final here.
Q. What was the game plan against him?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, you know, to serve well, which I did
for a majority of the match. And when you get the
opportunity, to dictate the points.
You know, the one thing I didn't do particularly well
today was return well. His serve is a lot harder to
return than a lot of people think. A lot of slice, a lot
of spin, and it's heavy.
I didn't return particularly well, but the rest of my
game was good.
Q. Was it also about targeting his backhand
ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, his backhand is good. He has a
very good backhand. You know, his backhand's good. His
serve's good. His forehand's good. His movement is good.
He does everything really, really well.
You know, there's certain shots that, you know, you need
to play to both sides, you know, to not let him get into
You know, like I say, I got myself in some good
positions, and just couldn't quite take it.
Q. Nadal played a stunning match. Is that any
consolation now, or will it become one in the future?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, I'm not coming here feeling
like I played terrible. You know, I'm disappointed to
have lost. You know, I didn't play a bad match at all.
You know, I've had some good wins against Rafa where I
played great tennis.
You know, it's not like I played badly. Yeah, he played
great, and that was the difference.
Q. Is that the best he's ever played against you?
ANDY MURRAY: I have no idea. I mean, you know, a lot can
depend on a few points. You know, but he's playing very,
very well. He's obviously got a lot of confidence just
Q. Who do you pick in the final, Rafael or Berdych?
ANDY MURRAY: I think Rafa is the favorite. You know, he's
the best player in the world. He hasn't lost here. He's
played three finals in a row, or four finals in a row
But, you know, Berdych is a great player, too. If he
plays well, like he has been the last couple of matches,
it will be very tough.
Q. Talk about the extra weight on your shoulders
because of trying to win it for the home team here.
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, there's a lot much pressure playing
here. You know, it doesn't affect the outcome of the
matches. It's not a valid excuse to make. I've played
really well the whole tournament. I obviously want to win
for myself. I want to win for the guys I work with. I
want to win for, you know, the UK.
You know, a little bit more disappointing than other
Grand Slams because this one is, you know, the biggest
one of the year for me. And, uhm, yeah, it's tough.
Q. What are you going to do now?
ANDY MURRAY: I have no idea. I'll probably, yeah, go on
holiday and stay away from the tennis court for a while.
Q. When you look back at tennis tournaments as a
whole, are you pleased taking this result out of it, that
you're improving, heading in the right direction?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, a few weeks ago no one would
have given me much of a hope of getting to the semis
because I wasn't playing well. Then, you know, I played a
But, yeah, right now I'm very disappointed at the match
today. Yeah, I'll look back at the tournament as a whole
in a few weeks as a good one, just not great.
Q. Does it strengthen your result to one day come back
and win a slam, or does it spur you on in moments like
ANDY MURRAY: I hope it does. In the past it has made me
work harder. But, yeah, I'll have to wait and see. But I
Q. After the Australian you found it difficult to sort
of get back into it straightaway. Are you concerned it
might happen again after this result?
ANDY MURRAY: I have no idea. You know, just because it
happened to me once, whether it was to do with the loss
in Australia, whether it was, you know, other things
going on, you know, you never know.
But, you know, I work hard, you know, and I hope it
doesn't happen again. I've normally played well in the
American hard court stretch after Wimbledon. Yeah,
hopefully I'll play well again now.
Q. In what ways, if any, has Nadal changed his game
since you played him in Australia?
ANDY MURRAY: No, there's no huge change. I mean, you
know, he obviously missed a solid chunk of the year last
year and a little bit at the beginning of this year. You
know, he plays -- the more matches he plays, the better
I don't know, you know, if he hasn't played a lot, you
know, he makes a few more mistakes maybe. But, no. He was
playing great in Australia. He's playing great here. He's
one of the greatest players ever, so he's always gonna
Q. Is there a frustration factor out there when you
play a lot of really good tennis and somehow it just
keeps coming back?
ANDY MURRAY: No, 'cause you go on the court expecting it.
It's not a surprise. You know, I've always felt like, for
me, it's been one of the best parts of my game is making
my opponent play more balls, chasing everything down.
It's just something that all of the, you know, best
players tend to do. They'll make you play a lot of balls.
No, I played him, I don't know, over 10 times now, so
nothing surprises me when I play against him. But I
expect an incredibly tough match every time.
Q. I know you've only just come off court, but where
does this one sit with your other disappointments?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I'm very disappointed just
now. I'm upset, you know, which is understandable. I have
no idea. Yeah, just very disappointed.
Q. You're good at opening up the court, playing far
back. Is that a particularly tough strategy to pursue
with him, given his skill set athletically?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, it has worked in matches I've
played against him. It's worked very well. I've had some
great matches with him. I've had obviously some tough
losses, as well.
But, no, I mean, I think that, you know, I have my game
style. I adapt to all of the guys that I play against.
I'm sure the stats will say I came to the net more than I
did in any of the other matches; I served and volleyed
more than I did in any of the other matches; I was going
for a little bit more.
That's how you have to play against him. Just didn't
Q. You again had great support today from fans who
will be looking forward to you coming back next year.
What will you say to them?
ANDY MURRAY: No, the support was great the whole
tournament. Every year I've played here the support's
been great, yeah. Yeah, I'm disappointed for them, as
well. You know, I obviously gave it my best.
But like I said earlier, I want to try and win the
tournament. Yeah, I couldn't quite do it. But the support
I've had, you know, the whole two weeks has been great.
Q. You had a couple of conversations with the chair.
Were you unhappy about the time he was taking?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I wasn't unhappy with the time he was
taking. I asked him once when we were changing balls, and
that was it. I didn't complain once about him taking too
Q. What did Rafael say to you after the match?
ANDY MURRAY: He said, Bad luck. I just said, Good luck
for the rest of the tournament. You know, that was it.
But, you know, I've said it for a few years. I love
watching him play. He's my favorite player to watch.
That's why I enjoy playing him so much. So I hope he
Q. If you could somehow go back and change one thing
about the match, what would that be?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, I think the second set, you
know, it's difficult to pick out one thing. I had chances
in the second set. I thought I played a little bit better
tennis in the second set and didn't give him many chances
on my serve. I created a few on his. Obviously, in the
Q. Is it annoying to have to wait so long to receive
ANDY MURRAY: No, I don't care. He can take as long as he
wants on any point. I love watching the guy play. No, I
don't care. He can take as long as he wants.
Q. Coming off court, Rafa said he thought you'd win a
slam and win one soon. What does that mean to you when
someone you respect so much has got some faith in your
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, yeah, it's nice. Nice obviously to
hear. Uhm, doesn't make losing in one any easier.