The Championships WimbledonThursday, 26 June 2008
at Wimbledon, England
A. MURRAY bt X. Malisse
6-4, 6-2, 6-2
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andy.
Q. Xavier came in saying how impressed he was with
your serve. Do you feel it's really evolving as a real weapon on grass?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, not just on grass. Yeah, I mean,
for me, my serve, especially my first serve, is one of the best parts of
my game, you know, winning over 80% of the points when it's going in.
Obviously served a lot of aces today, as well.
Yeah, something that I've worked on a lot and is
helping me out in the matches.
Q. 16 aces, 136 miles an hour. Looks like Andy
Roddick, never mind Andy Murray.
ANDY MURRAY: I'm not quite hitting it his speed yet.
But, no, I mean, it's getting there. You know, hopefully the next couple
years it will get a bit stronger, you know, get the strength in my
shoulder to maintain it over five sets so that, you know, I can keep it
going for, you know, the whole way through tournaments.
You know, right now I've never had to play sort of
six, seven matches in a row. But, uhm, yeah, it's working well so far.
Q. What different threat does Tommy Haas present?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, he's really a tough
player. You know, he's solid off both sides. Serves well. Volleys good.
You know, moves good. You know, he doesn't have too many weaknesses.
That's obviously going to be tricky.
But, you know, if I serve like I did my first couple
of matches, you know, and put as many returns in the court as I did,
then I'm going to have chances to break serve, put a lot of pressure on
But it's going to be a difficult match, no question.
Q. What do you remember when he beat you in Indian
Wells this year?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I didn't play particularly well
after the first set in that match. I lost my concentration a bit early
on in the second.
But, yeah, I played him twice in Indian Wells, both
long three-set matches. I mean, yeah, he played well that day. You know,
against someone that's as solid as him you've got to stay focused the
whole match, and that's going to be one of the keys.
Q. How much confidence can you take from beating sort
of a decent player quite so comprehensively in the second round of a
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you know, I don't think he played
his best match today. But there were stages in the match where he can
hit some great shots, and you have to make sure you don't let him get
back in the really important game at 3-2 in the third set.
You know, we had some breakpoints. He had some good
passing shots. You need to make sure that you don't let someone that is
sort of streaky get into a match like that and take a lot of confidence
from managing to keep my cool and serve big in the important moments.
I feel very confident winning two matches in straight
sets. Can't start much better.
Q. Have you ever played football after a match point?
ANDY MURRAY: After a match point? Well, I mean, the
umpire kind of messed up a little bit. He thought that Xavier was saying
that he didn't -- sorry, he wasn't ready to return, so therefore was
putting his hand up to say, I'm not ready, sorry.
And, you know, me and him obviously knew that he was
challenging me. Me and Xavier knew he was calling the call. The umpire
didn't quite understand what was going on. Yeah, he told him what
But, yeah, that's probably the first time I had to
play football. I had no idea what was going on. It seemed like it was so
long I was just waiting on the court for.
Q. What is your keepy-uppy record, Andy?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't really have a record. I do a few
little skills to trapping up my shoulder, behind my neck, catching it in
my pocket. I don't really go further than that.
Q. After two games, is your game where you want it to
be? It looks very positive. Is there anything that you're a little bit
concerned about? Was everything pretty much what you'd expect at that
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, the conditions for me, I
probably feel like it watching, but it was quite swirly, the wind on the
court. Therefore, I miss-hit a couple of groundstrokes that I might not
I mean, I thought, yeah, so far it's been good.
Serve's good. Return's good. Moving well. You know, the more matches you
play you're going to get more confidence in all of your shots. Yeah,
it's been good so far.
Q. You look incredibly relaxed. Haven't seemed
stressed at any stage, unless I'm misreading it.
ANDY MURRAY: No, I felt good on the court. You know,
before the matches, you know, you get the butterflies and the
excitement. But, like I said, when you actually get out on the court,
play the first few games, I've obviously started both matches well, got
You know, that obviously helps calm you down. Once I
got the break in the first set, I obviously didn't let him back into the
Q. When you've been leaving Wimbledon in the
evenings, are you finding it easy to switch off?
ANDY MURRAY: The day before my first match I actually
got locked out of my apartment, had no keys to get in. Struggled to get
back that day. But apart from that, yeah, it's been fine.
Q. What was the reason for that? Obviously you lost
your keys, but why?
ANDY MURRAY: I didn't lose keys. My girlfriend took a
set, and my friend. I think he was over there. I don't know where he's
gone now. He took a set. Yeah, they were both -- they weren't at the
tennis. They were in central London. So, yeah, I had no keys to get in.
Q. How long did you get stuck out there for?
ANDY MURRAY: I kind of read the situation early and I
decided to stay here and I made a couple of calls. I was here for
probably about an hour and a half extra than I would have liked to have
Q. You were wearing the cap. I have to ask. Is the
cap still around?
ANDY MURRAY: The cap?
Q. The Scottish cap.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't remember wearing a Scottish cap.
Q. White stripe on it.
ANDY MURRAY: What was the question?
Q. I've lost track myself. Is the hat in a bag
somewhere? Is it a lucky thing?
ANDY MURRAY: Like I said, I obviously get my clothes
from Fred Perry. I don't make the clothes. If they give me any cap...
The ones I have in my bag are the plain white ones with no design, the
same color. Looks like there's kind of a cross on it. I don't think it
was a Scottish thing.
Q. Would you say it's been a perfect start to
Wimbledon for you?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, to win your first two
matches in straight sets, you know, is obviously what you want to do.
There's a couple of things I could have done. Neither of the matches
were completely perfect.
There were some things I could have done a bit
better. I mean, for the start of a slam, to be through pretty
comfortably is what you want to do.
You know, I've not used up too much energy. You know,
I'll be fresh for my next match.
Q. You said you take your dog out for a walk. What is
the dog's name?
ANDY MURRAY: Maggie.
Q. How old is she?
ANDY MURRAY: 12 weeks.
Q. Is that just something to relax, take your mind
ANDY MURRAY: No, I didn't get the dog just for that
(smiling). I've always loved dogs, but never really had the chance to
sort of have my own one. Now I'm in a position where I'm able to do
that. Yeah, I'm enjoying it.
Q. What breed is it?
ANDY MURRAY: Border terrier. I prefer big dogs, but I
couldn't -- a bit hard to sort of take a big dog around with you.
Q. Four or five years ago when nobody knew who you
were you would have followed this tournament, seen Tim the center of all
the attention. Does it seem funny now for you to be in that role?
ANDY MURRAY: It did a couple years ago 'cause I think
that's really when it all sort of started. Obviously Tim and Greg were
around, were coming towards the end of their careers. It's almost a good
thing I sort of learnt to get used to it when they're still around. Now
I'm obviously a bit more used to it, got a bit more experience with
This year for me hasn't been that difficult in
comparison to previous years.
Q. So you're managing the high expectations better
than in previous visits here?
ANDY MURRAY: It's not so much the expectations, it's
more the dealing with the sort of media requirements and obviously a lot
of people, you know, wanting different things from you around this time.
I've just kind of learnt to sort of say no, I guess.
When I first sort of came to Wimbledon and was playing I was agreeing to
do everything, kind of tiring myself out that way. I got much more sort
of relaxed off the court now, which helps.
Q. The crowds have been quite calm until that moment
as you started to serve for the final game. Really a moving applause for
you. How did that feel?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was nice. Obviously the match
against Santoro, towards the end of the third set, the atmosphere
started to get better and better. I think -- I mean, the crowd support
has obviously been very good. I guess it's difficult for them to kind of
get really into a match when it's very one-sided.
But, yeah, I think it was obviously really nice at
the end. I took my time. Obviously played a good game to finish with, so
Q. If you can get back into your apartment tonight,
will you watch the Spain-Russia game?
ANDY MURRAY: Definitely, yeah.
Q. Have you been following the tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I have been. I watched -- I had
some money on Germany last night. A little bit tense towards the end of
that match. But, yeah, I'll be watching most of the competition.
Q. Are you shouting for anybody in particular?
ANDY MURRAY: I said at the start of the tournament I
thought Germany was going to win, so hopefully Germany.
Q. Is a player allowed to back himself in tennis? Can
a player have a bet on himself?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I bet on myself to win Wimbledon
this year (smiling).
No, no, I don't think you can.
Q. Seems silly. You're not going to throw a game if
you back yourself.
ANDY MURRAY: I guess you could in theory say to your
opponent, Here is 20 grand. Lose the match to me.
Q. So the answer is no?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah.
Q. Any particular reason for the name Maggie, and
does she watch your matches?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know if she watches my matches or not. Maggie
May is one of my favorite songs from Rod Stewart is kind of the reason.
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