TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 12, 2008
A. MURRAY/G. Simon
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Although that finished quickly, it was
obviously an extremely tough first set which
could have gone either way at one point. How did
you see it?
ANDY MURRAY: Uhm, well, I think that I was --
although he did come back, I was always ahead in
the first set. Was nearly 5-Love up, and then he
did come back a bit.
You know, that tough game at 4-3, once I got
through that one I felt pretty comfortable.
Yeah, then the second set, you know, I dictated
a lot of the points, moved him around a lot, you
know, didn't make too many errors.
You know, the more I got him moving, the more I
changed the pace of the ball, he started to make
Q. Was his comeback in the first set more your
level dropping or his going up?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, every time you play against
a good player, they're gonna come back, you
know, they're going to start raising their
level. You know, I missed a couple of shots that
I shouldn't have at 4-1 -- sorry, at 4-0.
And then, yeah, he played a couple of good
games. You know, he's confident just now. It's
not like I was playing bad tennis. I wasn't
missing shots that, you know, I should always
You know, the guy just started to play better.
Q. How do you feel after two matches now? What's
the body feeling?
ANDY MURRAY: You know, it feels much better than
it did after my first match. Coming over this
way, it takes me a long time to get over the
jetlag, you know. I have struggled with it. You
know, when I came to the Olympics I struggled my
first match. You know, my legs felt really,
You know, maybe I just need more time when I
come over here. But today I felt perfect. I felt
like I could have gone, you know, three, four
hours if I had to. That gave me a lot of
confidence 'cause I knew that, you know, I was
not doing as much running as him. You know, if I
could keep that up, it was going to be tough for
Q. Unless our maths are incorrect, you're
through to the semifinals. How does that feel to
be in the last four in your first Masters Cup?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it's great. You know, tough
group. You know, Roddick's very, very
experienced in these competitions. Still, you
know, No. 5 or 6 in the world. You know, he's
been there for a very long time. You know, to
beat him is never to be sort of underestimated.
It's a big win.
You know, then Simon obviously is playing the
best tennis of his life and he's in the top 10.
To beat a couple of top 10 players back to back
is great. The Masters Cup is obviously a huge,
huge competition for all the top players. You
know, I've got a chance of winning it now.
Q. We don't know what the outcome of this match
is going to be, but how do you approach a match
against Federer, knowing that you're already
there whatever the outcome?
ANDY MURRAY: You try and win. I'm not gonna try
and lose to Federer. I've beating him three
times; I'd like to make it four.
Q. You have received your second victory at the
tennis Masters Cup. At 21 years old, you reached
the final of the US Open and have two titles in
the ATP Masters Series so far. Tim Henman only
won one tennis Masters Cup. Do you think you
have excelled Tim in your career?
ANDY MURRAY: No. No, I don't think so.
Q. I know you want to beat Federer, but how do
you lift yourself, though, when you know you've
got Saturday coming, if not Sunday? You've got
to keep something in the tanks. How do you find
a balance there?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't try and find a balance. I
try and beat Federer. You know, I mean, ideally
I'd like to knock him out of the competition if
I can. I'd rather not have to play him twice in
one week, you know. He's the best player ever.
Obviously there's a lot more pressure on him to
win than me. It will be the first time I've
played him when I've not been under pressure,
you know. If I can -- I don't know if I've won
the group. I don't even know how it works. I
didn't even know if I'd qualified yet, so...
If I've already won the group, or not, I guess I
can almost decide, you know, do I want to play
whoever the first in the other group or the
second or whatever. You know, a lot of ways you
could look at it.
But I plan on trying to win the match. I think
if I win that one, I pretty much knock him out
of the competition, 'cause I can't see Stepanek
Q. You've been here in Shanghai for the first
time. What do you think about the atmosphere
here in the stadium and maybe on the streets?
Maybe you've met some Chinese people now. What
do you think?
ANDY MURRAY: I haven't met too many Chinese
people, apart from the ones that have been
waiting at the hotel for autographs and stuff. I
mean, the atmosphere in all the matches has been
great. You know, I think they really understand
tennis well and they get very excited during all
I haven't met too many people, but I really
enjoy myself here. You know, the tournament has
been put on really, really well.
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