TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 10, 2008
A. MURRAY/A. Roddick
6-4, 1-6, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Apart from the second set, which was kind of
weird, the rest of it looked pretty controlled
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I hit the ball well
for most of the match. Just didn't serve well in
the second set. You know, had a chance to break
him right at the start of the second. If I'd
done that, then maybe second set would have been
a different story.
But, yeah, I played well.
Q. Given it's your first experience of this
event, how did you actually find it? You looked
a trifle weary at the end. Would that be a fair
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I'm tired. I felt like I
played well. You know, yeah, legs don't quite
have the snap in them that they did, you know, a
few months ago. But, you know, I'll try and do
my best to recover for the next match.
Q. What is the surface and the conditions like
ANDY MURRAY: Pretty fair. I mean, the ball, you
know, because of humidity, doesn't move
particularly fast. But the court, you know,
takes the topspin well. If you slice, it stays
low. The flat shots shoot through a little bit.
I mean, it's a pretty fair surface, I think.
Q. Is it fair to say with Federer obviously
losing tonight, struggling a little bit, that
your group's pretty wide open?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, the winner of my match with
Simon is going to go through to the semis. I
guess the chance of me qualifying have gone up
pretty significantly after winning the match
But, yeah, in terms of winning it, you know,
there's a good chance I might still have to win,
you know, two more matches to do that.
But to qualify, yeah, it's probably gonna be
slightly easier than if I'd lost today and if
Federer had won.
Q. Would you expect a harder match against Simon
than you had in Madrid? He was pretty tired
after some really long matches there, wasn't he?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he was. Yeah, he was also,
you know, hitting shots that would suggest he
had, you know, obviously a lot of confidence.
He's going to be the same, I'm sure, in a couple
You know, I don't know. He's a very good player.
If he plays well it's gonna be a very tough
match. If I play badly, you know, there's a good
chance I'll lose.
Q. During the past few months there are some
very good comments that you might win a Grand
Slam in 2009 by McEnroe and Bjorn Borg as well.
How do you take care of your own mind under
those appreciations to perform on a very relaxed
level on the court?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you know, it's nice to hear
those things from two of the greatest players
ever. But you still have to -- you know, you
still have to work very hard. If I want to win a
Grand Slam I'm going to have to work even harder
than I did this year, improve my game, then
there's a chance I'll do it.
But, you know, I'm not gonna say for sure that
I'll win a Grand Slam next year.
Q. You are not concerned at all about the Davis
Cup final, but I would like to know your
opinion, who is your favorite? What could be the
ANDY MURRAY: It depends what the court's like.
If the court's fast, I think it's better for
Argentina. If it's like this week, I think
that's better for Spain. I'd expect Nadal to win
at least one of his singles matches. Then the
doubles I think will be very important.
You know, I think Spain are probably the slight
favorites for the doubles. It depends a lot on
the court surface. But it will be a very close
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