defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 at
LONDON--(LadyDragon.com)21/06/11--Q. Were you confident the
storm would blow out with those forehands, because he
came at you straight from the first gun, didn't he?
ANDY MURRAY: Sorry, I'll just finish this bite of my
apple. Well, I changed things. I changed the way I was
playing. I changed the way I was returning, especially.
You know, the court was you know, I think normally at the
start of the tournament it's quite slow, you know, and I
was playing, just playing a lot of long rallies with him.
I was playing very aggressive on his first serve, off his
first serve; and on his second serve I was really
tentative. So I was missing returns off the first serve,
and, you know, really just giving him a chance to dictate
a lot of the points. Once I started, I blocked a lot of
first serve returns, made the balls sort of shoot through
the court a little bit more, and he made some more
mistakes. But the first set, yeah, he was hitting his
forehand really well, and when I had chances he was
hitting the spots with his serve, too. He was serving
Q. What was it like under the roof?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, last time I made a comment on
it I hated it, but for some reason I never said that. The
roof, it changes the conditions. It's not the same
conditions. It's different. If anything, it's, you know,
it's like almost too perfect, you know. There's no wind,
obviously no sun, no sort of elements to contend with.
You know, it's different, different grass court tennis.
And like you saw in the first set, he was able to hit a
lot of huge forehands which it's normally harder to do
when it's a little bit breezy outside or whatever.But it
definitely slows the court down a little bit. But it was
a good match. I thought it was a good standard of match,
and a good atmosphere in there, as well.
Q. Does it make you feel a little smaller in there
with the roof closed?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. It does still feel pretty big
when you're out on the court. The atmosphere changes, as
well. It seems quite... it was louder. I don't know if it
was because of the rain. It was just like a constant sort
of noise under the roof; whereas when the roof is open,
it's probably the quietest court during points in tennis.
So that changes a little bit. But, yeah, it's just
different. It's not the same.
Q. Just talk us through the messages on your kit bag.
ANDY MURRAY: Oh, yeah, they were from Head from the
Facebook viral that I did. People were sending me
messages of support that got put on my bag.
Q. Did you pick them?
ANDY MURRAY: I didn't, no.
Q. Could I ask you about drug testing, because on the
TV they said four tests in 27 days, and last Thursday, on
a rare day off, they knocked you up at 7:00 a.m. It's
kind of weird, isn't it?
ANDY MURRAY: Who said four tests in 27 days?
Q. It was John Lloyd, I think.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I got tested after I lost in the
French Open, which was on Friday. I got tested after I
lost doubles at Queen's or after my first round singles
at Queen's, one of the two. So that was on like Tuesday
or Wednesday. And then I got drug tested on Thursday last
Q. At 7:00 a.m.?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, that's the thing. You have to give one
hour every day where they can come. And because the last
that you're ever thinking about when you wake up in the
morning is that someone is going to come and drug test
you. You put it at 7:00 in the morning because I know I'm
going to be in bed. It's just a bit annoying because it
was my day off and I was looking for a lie in. And then
7:00, it's like...
Q. So were you asleep at the time?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I was fast asleep. But the thing is,
as soon as the bell like from the house went, I sort of
like woke up. Took like 10 seconds. Looked at my clock
and it was bang on 7:00. It was like, I knew it was them.
He rung the bell like six times, as well. It was like...
Q. It's a bit harsh, isn't it? Surely you can't be happy
about that many tests, or is that quite normal?
ANDY MURRAY: Normally around this time of year it's
pretty normal at most of the big tournaments. I get
tested here when the tournament's done. I'm sure the
French Open always tests. And then because I'm at home,
they always come right before Wimbledon, and then
probably at Davis Cup, as well. Normally at Davis Cup
we'll get tested, too. So it's a lot of testing, but just
part of our job, unfortunately.
Q. Did you make them a cup of tea when they arrived?
ANDY MURRAY: My Mum did, yeah, which we shouldn't make
them cups of tea. You know, it's just very intrusive when
you get someone sort of in your house in the morning.
When you're going to the toilet and they're staring at
you, it's a bit... you know, in your own home, it's just
quite strange feeling. (Laughter.)
Q. Are you sure they're drug testers?
ANDY MURRAY: You hope so. I've actually spoken with a few
of the players about that in the past that, you know,
they could easily... because it's not like we ever check.
I don't really check, you know, whatever they're saying.
Q. They don't have a card saying...
ANDY MURRAY: They do, yeah. They do have the card, but I
don't know. I mean, you're not going to know if it's real
or not, are you?
Q. You talked before your match about trying to stay
calm or about controlling your emotions. You seemed to do
that really well today.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I did it well. It was tough, because,
you know, I was having quite a lot of chances and I
wasn't able to convert any of them for the first set and
a half. And then I did get myself fired up when I managed
to get the break and played there was a game from 3 All,
and once I got the break I didn't lose a game. So I did a
good job of that, and something that, you know, each
match I need to keep on improving on it. Because they're
going to get tougher. I'm going to go through a lot of
those situations during the tournament.
Q. Was it a matter of satisfaction to win the last two
sets to love and complete it with a point you completed
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I played some really good tennis
in the third and fourth sets. And, yeah, like I said, I
just sort of changed the way I was playing and the way I
was returning. Even in the first set when I lost it,
apart from the game where I got broken, he hardly won
many points on my serve. In the second set it was one
game at 3 All where he got to deuce, but I think that was
the only game. I don't think he had a break point the
rest of the match. So it was just finding a way of
getting that break on serve, which, you know, was similar
a little bit to the Tsonga match at Queen's where I
couldn't quite get the break. Once I did, I played much
better. I had to make some adjustments.
Q. How important is that to get into a rhythm? You've
been able to play under the roof. You're already into the
cycle, aren't you, of a two week tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it's good to get off the court, and,
you know, get rest day tomorrow. I can recover and get to
see maybe a little bit on the TV of the guys who are
playing in the next round. You want to, if possible, stay
in that routine of just playing every couple of days,
and, yeah, just get yourself set up for the tournament.
It can be tough when you get that sort of backlog of
matches. It's not ideal...
Q. Are those messages on the bag something you can
just look at for a little bit of inspiration?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I could do, yeah. I didn't
today, but a lot of players in the past have done it
with, you know, having notes in their bag, and some have
had things written on like their racquets or something,
on the back of their hand. Players have done those sort
of things a lot in the past. And, yeah, something I could
do if I felt like I needed it.
Q. Did you watch the golf last night?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I watched it until about 15th hole.
Q. Rory obviously came back from such a disappointment
in the Masters in such spectacular style. Is that
something you could take inspiration from?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, the way he dealt with everything was
fantastic. You know, I think, yeah, the way he responded
obviously from the lead that he had earlier in the year
was excellent. He's obviously one of the... he's going to
probably go on to be one of the best golfers that we've
seen before, I think. It's just different. Very different
sports in many ways, tennis and golf are, because you're
always sort of in control I think in golf. In tennis,
like today, the first set and a half I wasn't, you know,
I wasn't in control of what was going on out there. So
they're very different. But the way that he came back
from what happened of having a chance of winning his
first major was great.
Q. When you're in a situation like when you're trying
to be more controlled, do you actually then say, God, I'm
really controlled this time; normally I'm swearing? Do
you go on with yourself at this point, or is it becoming
natural to become more controlled?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I think sometimes you have to be
yourself. It's not like it's something obviously I want
to work on, something I want to improve; but at the same
time, you can sort of just be like, Oh, I'm doing great.
I'm not saying it on the court, but I'm a set and a break
down. If you need to fire yourself up or get some energy
in the match or to change things, then I've got to do
that. There might be times in the tournament where I need
to let off a bit of steam. But for the most part, I want
to try and conserve as much energy as possible. That will
help in the long run and the further I go in the
Q. Looks like it might be Kamke; he's two sets up at
the moment. How much do you know about him? He's somebody
who improved a lot last year.
ANDY MURRAY: I practiced with him one time before the
tournament in Monte Carlo. I haven't seen him play too
much before. I saw he was down 5 1 in the third set, so
that one's not done yet. Kavcic I have played a lot in
the juniors when we were like 13 and 14. But, yeah, I
mean, I'm going to have to play well like I did at the
sort of end of the match and make sure that I'm on my
game right from the start. You know, today was dangerous.
Q. Was it a disappointment at all? They turned the big
screen off because of the conditions. Is that
disappointing for you that your fans didn't get to watch
it on the screen?
ANDY MURRAY: It's disappointing for them, I think.
Obviously, yeah, when it rains, you know, there's only
one, yeah, one court that you can watch. I'm sure it
would be nice. I'm sure they'll find a way of making sure
in the future that they can get it on. But I think there
are things you learn from having an indoor court for the
first time. You know, usually, yeah, there's nothing, no
tennis to watch or anything. So I'm sure they'll find a
way of changing that in the future.