PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 19, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What do you think made the difference today?
ANDY MURRAY: Umm, I wasn't -- there wasn't much difference.
You know, in the second set for him to break me, a slice off
the top of the tape that just dropped over.
You know, so that was -- well, that didn't help me, because
I was great up until then. He got a bit of confidence and
started to play better after that, and I was disappointed
not to get into a tiebreak after, you know, after I had
broken him when he was serving for the set.
But I didn't serve well enough today, and, you know, I was a
bit too defensive on the break points in the third set, even
though, to be fair to him, he did serve very well on a lot
of them and didn't give me any cheap points.
So credit to him for that, but I was a bit too defensive in
the third set.
Q. Do you spend a lot of time kind of kicking yourself
after a match like that, especially those opportunities in
the early in the third?
ANDY MURRAY: You can do if you think that you screwed it up
a little bit, but I don't think that I miss any sitters, I
didn't make any mistakes. But I guess if I was playing a bit
more aggressive then, a lot like I was in the first, set
coming to the net, and, you know, taking my chances a bit
better, you know, I'd be obviously much more happy because I
think I would have won the match if I had done that.
But, you know, I still think that I was good enough to win
the match today, and I'm disappointed I didn't.
But, you know, I'll learn from it, because, you know, stuff
that I did out there in the first set and the first few
games that showed me that I can, you know, I can play very
good tennis and win a set really comfortably against someone
as good as him if I can continue to keep that up.
But it's a consistency thing and making sure you do it the
whole way through the match, and I didn't do that today.
Q. How do you assess your attitude? Given what you were
saying yesterday, were you more pleased with...
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, it was better than yesterday,
that's for sure. You know, I got annoyed a couple of times,
but that was more purely because I was playing a bit
defensive and I wasn't quite finding a way to get on the
offensive in the third set.
You know, but it wasn't -- the mindset today was way better
than it was yesterday. It was much calmer at the start of
the match, and, yeah, that side of things was definitely
better than it was yesterday.
Q. That was a lot of tennis within 19 or 20 hours, but is
that just par for the course?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think so. I think they changed -- did
they change the schedule a bit this year? I think we played
the first couple of rounds over -- it was finished on
THE MODERATOR: One more day this year.
ANDY MURRAY: One more day?
Yeah, so I don't know if I would have had to have played
tomorrow or not, but, yeah, it was -- both of us played
relatively late, so I'm sure both of us would have rather
had a later match. But it was the same for both of us today.
Q. The consistency thing, is that something that you
think will come with time, or are there specific things you
can do to work on it?
ANDY MURRAY: I think it's an experience thing and knowing
how to continue playing the right way. I think it's easy
when, you know, when you're slightly younger to, you know,
lose concentration a little bit.
You know, maybe I did that a touch today early in the
second, but got a bit unlucky with the net cord. I think
it's, yeah, just a bit more understanding how you've won
those sets comfortably and making sure that you -- you know,
obviously guys like Tommy can up his level and play great
But even when they are doing that you have to maintain, you
know, your level and continue to do what you were doing, you
know, today, instead of really continuing playing like I
When he started to play better I got on the back foot a
little bit too much and did too much running.
Q. Obviously you're trying to explore all the options in
your game. Does that make being consistent difficult? It's
hard to sort of find the balance all the time?
ANDY MURRAY: Like I said, my game is a bit more complicated
than some players'. And I think in the match against
Karlovic yesterday, you know, I showed how much I've
improved my volleys and serve and volleying. When I'm up at
the net I feel way, way more comfortable than I did last
Then my match against Melzer I think I won 19 out of 26
points at the net and didn't miss any approaches, so that's
something that I'm really pleased with and it's getting
better. But again, I probably didn't do it enough today. You
know, I did it in the first set but didn't do it enough in
the rest of the match.
That's something that, yeah, you just got to learn from and
make sure that, you know, the next time you're in that
position and next week in Miami that I do that.
Q. Why do you suppose that happened? You're doing it
well, and then you just stop doing it?
ANDY MURRAY: Doing what?
Q. The serving and volleying?
ANDY MURRAY: It's different when you're playing against a --
returning against -- or serving to someone like Karlovic who
tends to just block a lot of returns. The volleys are a bit
easier. Tommy hits the ball much cleaner and much harder
from the back, which makes it more difficult.
You know, but like I said, I was doing it in the first set
today, and then the second set when he started to play
better and make some more balls and play deeper I didn't.
Instead of finding a way to get into the net, I sort of
played too far behind the baseline. When you're a meter,
meter and a half behind the baseline, it's pretty tough to
get yourself forward.
Q. Obviously Wimbledon is a long, long way away, but
still it's always a big tournament for you. What would you
consider a result that would be successful at Wimbledon this
ANDY MURRAY: I actually dreamt for the first time in my life
about winning a Grand Slam, actually winning match point at
a Grand Slam about two days ago. I kind of woke up, and now
I feel like I'm ready to go on and play on and get deep into
the Slams now. So, God, I want to win it.
You know, I'm going to try my best to do that, but I know
it's going to be difficult. There are certain things I'm
going to have to do better, you know, if I'm going to do
well at Wimbledon. But I played well on grass before, and
I'm obviously looking forward to it, because I missed it
But, you know, you never know in Grand Slams. You can get
some tough draws like I got in Australia, and sometimes the
draws can open up for you. You know, hopefully I'll get a
Q. What was the setting of the dream?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't even know. I just know I won a Grand
Slam and I woke up few hours later and I was unbelievably
Q. We've had that dream, a few of us? Did you say a swear
word or something like that when you realized it was just a
ANDY MURRAY: No, I was just a bit disappointed. (laughter.)
It was the first time I had, you know, first time I dreamt
about something like that. You know, I think that it --
well, it's kind of made me realize that I'm not too -- not
as far away from it as I was a few years ago.
Q. Were you actually lifting the trophy or what was
ANDY MURRAY: I can't even remember. I just remember, you
know, being on the floor in the last point. You know what
dreams are like. Tend to be a bit strange. You know, you can
wake up and not quite understand what happened, but I
definitely, definitely won a Grand Slam.
Q. Miles, I don't know him or anything, but watching him
here he seems so calm, doesn't seem to be so emotional and
like Brad, the other extreme in a way. Is it easier with
Miles or do you notice a difference there?
ANDY MURRAY: I think when it does get to big matches, you
know, I think the calmer your coach can be the better.
Because I think in tennis matches and a lot of sports, there
are so many momentum shifts and, you know, you get really
high when you're winning and unbelievably low when you're
You know, it can be a bit of a distraction if you feel like
-- well, I guess it brings you down a little bit as well.
You're on such a high and feel a little bit low. Miles is
pretty calm and right in the middle and doesn't get too
fired up. You know, I think that's a good thing.
Q. Would you mind telling us what you think how Haas will
do against either Ljubicic or Federer in the next round?
Your thoughts on that?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I don't really know. I don't know what
his record is like against Ljubicic. Obviously Federer is
doing very well this week. I don't think Tommy has a great
record against him. You know, I think if they play tomorrow
that's definitely going to favor the other two, because he's
played a couple of long matches the last two days.
But, no, I mean he still hits the ball very well and, you
know, he's going to be tough for anyone to beat.
Q. When do you go to Miami, and who's going with you?
ANDY MURRAY: Same people I've got with me this week. I guess
I'll probably go tomorrow or the following day. You know, I
guess it's probably best to get there as soon as possible
and get used to the conditions. It's going to be a big
tournament for me next week.
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