THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Murray Calm Ahead of Wimbledon Title Clash Against Djokovic
by ATP Staff|
“I think I'll probably [be] in a better place mentally,” said the 26 year old. “I might wake up on Sunday and be unbelievably nervous, more nervous than I ever have been before, but I wouldn't expect to be.”
The Dunblane-born right-hander said he isn’t focusing on the fact that it’s been 77 years since a home-grown talent won Wimbledon, namely Fred Perry in 1936. “I haven't looked at it like that but winning Wimbledon would be a huge achievement for any tennis player,” Murray admitted. “[It] is pretty much the pinnacle of the sport,” he said, but noted that it’s unlikely anything will top the relief he felt after winning his first major at the US Open last September, having lost his previous four Grand Slam finals.
The emotion derived from potentially winning the Wimbledon crown on Sunday will also pale in comparison to one of his prior victories. “I don't know if I'll ever have [the] sort of feelings like I had winning Olympic gold here, a home Olympics. I'll never get the opportunity to do that again so it was probably one of the proudest moments of my career,” Murray said. “I don't know if I'll ever top that.”
The Scot, who has a 7-11 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic, described their style of play as similar. “Both of us return well, that’s probably the strongest part of our games, [we] both play predominantly from the baseline,” Murray observed. “We both move well, but a different sort of movement, he's extremely flexible and he slides into shots, even on the courts here.
"I think he's extremely fit physically, and that's why he's able to fight until the last point of every match. He never really has any letdowns physically, which he used to when he was younger,” Murray said of the Serb.
Born a week before Djokovic, Murray said the pair maintained a “professional friendship”, but hopes that it will flourish when they retire from tennis. “When we were younger it was more friendly, I still message him sometimes. We've spent a lot of time discussing various issues within tennis…but I don’t think it goes [further] than that right now,” said the London resident, adding that it was hard to be best of friends while competing for the sport’s most coveted titles.
Separately, Murray explained his frustration around the decision to close the roof before the fourth set during his semi-final win against Jerzy Janowicz was because he believed there was up to an hour left of play without it, referring to the 2008 final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal which finished in near-darkness as a benchmark. “Wimbledon is an outdoor event, and you should play outdoors until it is not possible to do that anymore,” he said.