Q. What was your
verdict on the match?
ANDY MURRAY: I thought it was good. You know, I got off
to a good start. Uhm, you know, had a few breakpoints in
the first game. And then once I managed to hold that
game, I obviously got the break straightaway. That
settled me down a little bit.
No, it was a good match. He's a tough player, very solid.
Doesn't give you many free points. I served very well,
which is good.
Q. Were there more nerves than normal?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, no, I don't think so. You know,
obviously it was quite a big occasion, you know, but try
and prepare for it the same as every match. And once you
do get into the tournament, you do tend to have a routine
you stick to. I just tried to go along with that.
Yeah, not many extra nerves.
Q. What did the Queen say to you after the match?
ANDY MURRAY: A private conversation. But, yeah, it was
just a quick few minute chat. I'm sure she's very busy.
So, yeah, just went and jumped in the ice bath and came
Q. Would you say that's as good as you've played maybe
ANDY MURRAY: I served well. I mean, obviously the grass
definitely helps with that. But, yeah, I played well. You
know, felt comfortable on the court and well focused.
It's difficult to judge. But I definitely, definitely
played well today.
Q. Is there a sense that when it's as big an occasion
as it was today, that focus is probably the most
important thing, just keeping your mind on the match and
not letting it drift to all the other things going on
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well that's one of our jobs. You know,
as a professional sports person, you've got to learn to
sort of block out distractions. Obviously, playing at
Wimbledon, there's pressure, you know, various things
going on every time you go out on the court.
So, you know, it's something that you have to learn to
deal with. Obviously playing here the last four or five
years has definitely helped with that.
Q. Can you talk us through the bows? There was not one
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, they are a little bit different. I
only saw the second one when I was warming down. I think
they were sort of replaying it. It wasn't great, I don't
But, no, went okay. We planned it not planned it, but we
talked about it on the way out to the court with Jarkko
and then at the end of the match to make sure we were
going to do it again, because obviously the players
aren't used to doing that at the end of matches.
Q. How special was it for you to play on an occasion
ANDY MURRAY: It's great. I think for all the players,
it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of
us. You know, you saw by the players that were there to
obviously meet her this morning that, you know, it was a
big deal for everybody.
You know, I'm sure everyone thought it was a great
occasion. You know, don't know whether she'll be coming
in the next few years, but I definitely enjoyed it.
Q. Presumably she congratulated you on your win?
ANDY MURRAY: I was there with Jarkko. Yeah, just had a
quick chat, you know. When you're nervous, it's difficult
to remember exactly what was said. But, yeah, just a
quick chat about the match. Yeah, that was it.
Q. Seemed to be talking about the ground conditions at
one point. She said it was very dry, didn't she?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I don't want to get into what was
said. I mean, it was a private conversation. That was why
nobody didn't want cameras or anything, you know, there
to pick up everything that was getting said. It was a
Q. I was going to ask, she seemed to be taking an
interest in more than just what was happening on court.
She was talking about things around the tournament,
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, obviously for her, she got
shown around the grounds today as well 'cause obviously
hadn't been for a long time. Sure there's been a lot of
changes. Yeah, I'm sure she was taking an interest in it.
It's a pretty amazing place to come to.
Q. Will that bring you a bit of luck, do you think?
ANDY MURRAY: Maybe. I got lucky on a few challenges
today, yeah, a few really close calls, especially one at
the start. I think it was on the first breakpoint for him
in the first game. And, yeah, all of my challenges were
pretty good today. So maybe a bit of extra luck.
Q. Given the Queen's presence here today, did you find
yourself having to watch your reaction at all when points
didn't go your way?
ANDY MURRAY: No. Like I was saying earlier, it's our job
to be able to put those sort of things to the back of
your mind when you're playing. Obviously, you know, you
realize after you're finished, you know, the occasion
that it was, you know, who was actually watching you. You
know, it's obviously an honor and a privilege to play in
front of the Queen.
But when you're playing, that's our job to be able to put
that to the back of your mind.
Q. Can you get your head around the concept of 60 All
in the fifth set? Forget the Queen. What about that
match, what it's doing for tennis at the moment?
ANDY MURRAY: It's pretty amazing, yeah. Yeah, just very
difficult to describe. Definitely will never, ever happen
again. Yeah, that's all you can say to it. What they did
last night was incredible. And I saw Isner before the
match in the locker room. He looked okay. He looked fine.
I'm sure physically it would have been incredibly
difficult, but mentally to concentrate for that long must
be so tough. But apparently Mahut was on the treadmill
warming up before the match and seemed fine. Yeah, I
mean, there wasn't that many long rallies, but still
amazing to have to come back and play today after what
they did yesterday.
But I don't want it
to be an anticlimax. I hope it keeps going.
Q. In contrast,
Gilles didn't play at all today. How much of a benefit or
negativity is that for him?
ANDY MURRAY: Have no idea. Everybody reacts differently
to those circumstances. You know, obviously have to ask
him whether he's happy with it or not.
But from my side, I was happy to play today. It was good
to stay in a rhythm. Obviously winning in three sets was
Q. If that was you in that situation, would you prefer
a rule change where there was a cutoff or tiebreak
ANDY MURRAY: No, I think, I mean, that never happens like
that. Like everybody has been saying, it will never
happen again unless they play next year maybe (smiling).
But, no, I think the rules here are very good. They work
well. You know, it was a huge, huge story for everybody
yesterday and really good for the sport. So keep it as it
Q. Do you feel stronger than you did when you came
into the tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I prepared really well. I guess what
gives me the confidence is doing the work in the gym and
on the court so that you know that physically you're in
good shape. That removes that one doubt from your head.
And if you practice a lot and you've hit loads of balls,
you can remove another doubt that you're going to go and
might not feel your best in your first match, but you
have done your best to be ready. Happy to be in the third
round as I was in the first round and try on keep getting
Q. You've had some good matches with Gilles in the
past. What are your thoughts on playing him again?
ANDY MURRAY: It will be great. He's had a problem with
his knee the last few months. He's a tough player. He's
obviously in the top 10 last year. He's beaten Federer a
couple of times and had some tough matches with Djokovic.
He was at the top of the game before he got hurt.
You know, he's a very difficult player to play against,
very unorthodox. You know, it will be a bit of a tough
match if we both play well.
Q. You said your bow wasn't great. Can't be that bad
because I think you got a slow motion replay of your bow.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, that's what I saw. I saw the slow
motion replay. I didn't see it in, yeah, normal time I
guess. I didn't see it live. Yeah, it just looked a
little bit awkward.
But, like I said, I'm not used to doing it.
Q. There's a few minutes between finishing your match
and meeting the Queen. Were you more nervous for that?
Were there butterflies when you were going to meet the
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, obviously meeting the Queen,
everybody's going to get very nervous. But it just kind
of adds to it when there's like so many people standing
out looking up, a lot of people watching. That obviously
adds to it, as well.
Yeah, there's obviously some nerves there. But, yeah,
nerves before the match, as well. But I think we both
Q. Did you watch England?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I watched the last 5, 10 minutes of
the first half, saw all of the second half. Yeah, it was
all good. Yeah, in my opinion they played a lot better
than they did the first two matches.