THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Murray In Disbelief After Wimbledon Win
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray was still in a state of disbelief when he addressed the world’s media less than an hour after his historic victory at Wimbledon. In defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets, the Scot became the first British male champion at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936.
“Winning Wimbledon, I think, is the pinnacle of tennis,” said the 26-year-old Scot. “I still can't believe it. Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it. This one will take a little while to sink in, I'm sure.”
It was a nervous final game for Murray, who squandered a 40/0 lead and saved three break points before eventually closing it out on his fourth match point as Djokovic netted a backhand. “I worked so hard in that last game. It's the hardest few points I've had to play in my life,” said Murray.
“He came up with some unbelievable shots in that last game. I think that's why at the end of the match I didn't quite know what was going on. [There were] just a lot of different emotions at that time. And the end mentally, that last game will be the toughest game I'll play in my career, ever.”
Victory came 12 months after Murray had openly sobbed on Centre Court after being beaten by Roger Federer in the final. Just 28 days later, the Scot came full circle in his emotions as he exacted revenge over Federer in the Olympics final, and he credited the weeks after his Wimbledon defeat as the turning point in his Grand Slam mentality.
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“Last year after the final [Ivan Lendl] told me he was proud of the way I played, because I went for it when I had chances. It was the first time I played a match in a Grand Slam final like that. I didn't doubt myself so much after last year's final. It was the best I'd recovered from a Grand Slam loss.
“I didn't always feel it was going to happen. It's incredibly difficult to win these events. I don't think that's that well understood sometimes. It takes so much hard work and mental toughness to win these sorts of tournaments.”
Murray was also keen to credit Lendl, whom he began working with at the start of the 2012 season. In their time together, Murray has won Olympic gold, captured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and finished runner-up at the Australian Open.
“I think he believed in me when a lot of people didn't,” said Murray. “He stuck by me through obviously some tough losses the past couple of years. He's been very patient with me. I'm just happy I managed to do it for him.”
Murray went into the final with a huge weight of national expectation on his shoulders. Fans had started queuing up since Saturday night just to buy a place into the grounds to watch on Henman Hill, with 4,000 fans packed onto the hill in front of Court 1. While explaining the difficulties of such pressure, Murray also revealed how key the fan support turned out to be in the trying moments of The Championships fortnight.
“It's really hard,” said Murray. “For the last four or five years, it's been very, very tough, very stressful, a lot of pressure. The few days before the tournament are really difficult, as well. It's just kind of everywhere you go. It's so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is, but also because of the history and no Brit having won. It's been very, very difficult.
“The atmosphere today was different to what I've experienced in the past. It was different to last year's final, for sure. The end of the match, that was incredibly loud, very noisy. I've been saying it all week, but it does make a difference. It really helps when the crowd's like that, the atmosphere is like that. Especially in a match as tough as that one where it's extremely hot, brutal, long rallies, tough games, they help you get through it.”
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