The Championships Wimbledon
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
at Wimbledon, England
Andy Murray def. Fabrice Santoro 6‑3, 6‑4, 7‑6
Q. Did you enjoy that?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was good. When he broke me back in the first
set, you know, it was a little bit nervy for a couple games.
But once I won that first set I felt pretty comfortable. I moved
well. Let's see, I won a majority of points behind my first serve, and,
you know, a lot on the second by the looks of it.
But, yeah, overall it was good. I dictated a majority of the points
and there were some great shots in there, as well. So it was good.
Q. Was there a temptation to play it just for fun as opposed to
concentrating on getting ahead and winning as straightforwardly as
ANDY MURRAY: No, not really. It's first round of Wimbledon. I mean,
it's fun to be out there, but I'm not wanting to just play fun points to
keep everyone happy. You know, I wanted to obviously just win the match
as quickly as possible.
Had a little chance early in the third set to break and missed a
couple of shots that were probably going for winners. I missed them just
out and struggled to break him after that, but I was happy with the
Q. How did you feel beforehand? Did you feel any nerves going out
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, whether it's nerves, excitement, I don't
know. You have that. There's that buzz going into, you know, any slam.
But to play on Centre Court for the first time, you know, in a couple
of years, you know, it's obviously a little bit more special maybe.
Yeah, I was excited to get out there. And once I settled into the
match I felt like I played really well.
Q. It's obviously very entertaining to watch slices, lobs and
dropshots. Do you think it's possible to do that against some of the
players you might face later? Is that just a one‑off today?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I probably hit about 50 winners in the match,
If I hit 50 winners in matches against players that are better than
him, I think I'm gonna come out on top majority of the time.
You know, against him, there's a certain way you have to play against
him. You know, I'm not going to play like that in every single match.
But, you know, when I did have the chance to go for the ball I went for
it and hit a lot of winners. You know, when I had to mix it up and be
patient, I did that well, too.
You know, I was just happy with the match as a whole.
Q. Having waited so long to play this match, is there some sort of
relief to get it out of the way now?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, I don't really look at the match as sort of
getting them out of the way. You want to enjoy your wins, you know, in
slams, and especially playing on Centre Court in front of so many people
against, you know, a tough opponent.
You know, he's beaten a lot of top guys and given, you know, some of
the best players in the world a lot of trouble in slams in the last
couple of years.
So, I mean, I don't look at it as sort of getting the match out of
the way. I'm just happy to come through.
Q. Was the atmosphere on Centre Court how you remembered it two
years ago, how the crowd got behind you? Did you feel any difference at
all this year to two years ago?
ANDY MURRAY: Uhm, I mean, I personally didn't feel that much
difference. You know, the support that I had, even in the Davis Cup as
well when I played ‑ we played on Court 1 ‑ was great, too. Whether or
not there's any difference between a couple years ago, I can't really
You know, the atmosphere on the court today was really good,
especially at the end of the match.
Q. How different is the surface on Centre Court compared with the
practice courts here or Queen's?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, it's an awesome court. I mean, I don't feel like
it's that slow, the court. I think the balls are slow, but the actual
court itself, I don't feel like it is.
He obviously serve and volleyed quite a lot during the match, to good
effect, and came forward. I think both of us came forward well.
I think you can play pretty much any way on the court. I don't
necessarily think that it's that slow in comparison to any of the other
Q. As a player who can sort of drive people mad with frustrating
them, is it a good workout mentally for you just to keep your focus
against somebody like Fabrice?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I didn't really get angry at all during
the whole match. You know, yeah, I felt pretty relaxed out there. Yeah,
it's good too play against someone like that, because you need to be
You know, it's obviously going to be different going into the next
match because, you know, Malisse is a completely different player. But,
yeah, I guess mentally it was a good workout.
Q. 135mph serves. That's become a key weapon on grass. Getting
over 130 as you're doing now, what has brought that about? Is it just
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I do a lot of chin‑ups. I started doing them with
a 20‑kilo weight attached to me, around my waist, as well. You know,
that's probably contributed to that a little bit.
I served as big as 137 at the US Open before. Obviously, Wimbledon's
a little bit slower. But, yeah, I've worked on my upper body strength
the last year or so.
Q. Can we expect you to get as muscular as Rafael Nadal then?
ANDY MURRAY: You've not seen me with my shirt off, so... (Smiling).
I'm probably not gonna be as, you know, big as him. But in terms of
definition, yeah, I think I'm up there. I measured my body fat at
Queen's, and I was 6.5% body fat, which is not bad.
Q. Was it a conscious decision to do that, though? Because you
obviously decided to muscle up a bit to get more power.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Well, when I was sort of 16 and 17, I think you
need to be careful not to do too many weights, you know, because you're
obviously growing a lot. Your muscles and your bones are still
developing, and it's easy to sort of develop stress fractures or chronic
I kind of eased off that a little bit when I was around that age. I
spent a lot of time on court and not as much time in the gym. Now it's
kind of reversed a little bit. Now I'm getting in the gym, you know, a
lot of the time and maybe not spending as much time on the court as I
Yeah, it's definitely been something I've tried to work on a lot.
Q. You really notice a difference in a physical way since the last
time you were here two years ago?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you know, the last ‑‑ yeah, the last couple of
years for me, you know, my five‑set record has got much, much better.
You know, I'm lasting much longer out there on the court, and that's
something that I always felt like, you know, needed to improve. I feel
it's much better now.
Q. Has your weight gone up?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I put on ‑‑ in November/December time I put on
four kilos, you know, which is quite a lot.
Q. Sheer muscle, effectively?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think just muscle, yeah (smiling). Yeah, and I
want to put on sort of three, four more kilos, and then that will
hopefully be my weight for the rest of my career. Don't really want to
get above sort of 86, 87 kilos.
Q. How many of these chin‑ups can you do before you collapse?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I did ‑‑ I mean, I actually missed out. I was
supposed to be doing my maximum chin‑up test last week, and I didn't get
round to doing it. But with the 20‑kilo weight I do three sets of five.
You should try it. It's pretty rough (laughter).
Q. Can you talk a bit more about Malisse. He obviously has had
some great performances. He's still dangerous, isn't he? He can produce
some very good tennis.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he's really talented. He's had quite a lot of
problems with injuries over the last couple of years. He actually had a
problem with his wrist, I think, too. But I practiced with him quite a
lot in Bollettieri's.
You know, he obviously trains there, and has done pretty much all of
his life. Yeah, he's a very talented player. You know, probably isn't
playing as well as he was when, you know, he obviously made the semis
But, yeah, definitely a dangerous opponent. Yeah, he can play very
well on grass.
Q. You called for the towel after each and every point. Is that a
mental or psychological thing? Is it superstition?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, I play pretty quick in between the points if
I don't take the towel. I'm normally sort of the one waiting for the
opponent. You know, I think when you're playing over a five‑set match,
you know, it's good to just take, you know, like 5‑, 10‑second breaks
after each point where you towel down, catch your breath, get ready for
the next point.
You know, I don't do it after every single point. But normally when
it starts to get close, I'll take it a bit more so I can get myself
relaxed for the next point.
Q. What did you say to Santoro at the end?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I said it was an honor to play against him. For me,
he's always been my favorite player to watch. You know, he said it was
really a fun match for him, wished me luck. Yeah, that was kind of it.
But, yeah, for me, I think as a spectator, you know, I think he's the
best tennis player to watch. I mean, he can hit pretty much every shot
in the book. You know, he also wants to entertain the crowd as well,
which definitely helps.
You know, it was a nice match for me to play against. You know, he
said to me yesterday when I spoke to him that he really wanted to play
on Centre Court, so it was good.
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