TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 14, 2008
A. MURRAY/R. Federer
4-6, 7-6, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Did you enjoy playing in the match, and how
much has it taken out of you?
ANDY MURRAY: I won't know how much it's taken
out of me till tomorrow. But, yeah, it was a
great match. You know, so many sort of twists
and turns. The first set was relatively
straightforward for him. You know, but the
second and third set, kind of never knew what
was gonna happen.
Then that tiebreak in the second set was some
amazing points. You know, had that feeling that
it was, you know, going to be one of those
matches where it's gonna go right to the wire.
You know, I was glad I pulled it out.
Q. Out of all the points in the match, is there
one that vividly sticks out in your mind now?
ANDY MURRAY: In terms of like a key point in the
match, it probably wasn't the best one out of
the lot. But 4-3 in the tiebreak, must have been
a 25-, 30-shot rally. There were a few
exhausting points in that rally, but that one
that got me 5-3 ahead.
Both of us were a bit tired. I think he made an
unforced error on the next point. Was probably
trying to finish the point quickly. That was a
key point for me.
Q. Roger used a lot of slice shots and dropshots
in the court. How did you take on his tactics
ANDY MURRAY: Every time I play against him I
come up with a slightly different game plan,
'cause if you play against him the same way each
time, he's gonna figure out how to play you. You
need to try to change some things.
You know, he obviously tried a few different
things. He came to net a little bit more today.
He used some more dropshots than normal. You
know, they worked well, but the things I did
differently worked also.
Q. The crowd always seemed to be with Federer;
seemed unfair to you. Would you make some
comment on that?
ANDY MURRAY: I thought the atmosphere was
awesome in the match. I think it makes the
result even better for me that most of the crowd
wanted him to win. It's understandable: he's won
here three, four times, all of his achievements.
Doesn't really surprise me that the support was
It was just a couple of times it was tough in
between the first and second serves. You know,
there was a lot of noise. But apart from that, I
thought the crowd were very good.
Q. Did you go out there with a kind of
live-for-today mentality and shut out of your
head knowing which player you would face if you
ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, I didn't. I didn't care
if I played Djokovic or Davydenko. Both of them
are 7-6 in the third when they played a few days
ago, so they're obviously playing a similar
level, you know.
But I was playing against Federer. I wanted to
win. I said that the other day. I'm not going to
go over against him and let him beat me easily.
Psychologically a win like that is going to be
huge for me next time I play him, especially in
Although I'm going to probably be a bit tired
tomorrow, a win against him in a match like
that, you know, is worth as much - maybe not as
much - but similar to winning the Masters Cup.
He's one of the greatest players of all time, so
it meant a lot for me to win that one.
Q. After eight match points, what kept you
going, and what is your next goal?
ANDY MURRAY: It was tough after that game, you
know, where I had all the chances. But he played
some great, great tennis to save most of them.
But I was having more of the chances than him.
I just had to try and stay focused, because, you
know, I felt like I had the upper hand at that
stage. You know, stayed mentally tough and broke
him the next game.
Q. Talk a little bit about Roger Federer. There
was a point like when Pete Sampras reached a
point in his career where he wasn't considered
by the other players invincible, they felt he
was beatable. Is Roger at that stage now, that
the players feel he's still great but he's much
more beatable than in the past?
ANDY MURRAY: I always feel like all the players
are beatable, you know. I never felt like any of
the times I played him that I couldn't win the
match. Always thought that it was possible.
He's still playing great. I mean, he's No. 2 in
the world. Nadal's had one of the best years in
tennis over the last 20 years and he's still not
that far behind him. You know, so he's maybe
lost a few more matches than normal, lost to
guys that, you know, he doesn't normally lose
But, you know, it's not totally surprising. I
mean, he's normally losing like seven matches a
year, which is ridiculous.
Q. Do you think one day you will be like an
ambassador of tennis like Roger Federer?
ANDY MURRAY: Not to his level, I wouldn't have
thought. You know, but, yeah, I'd like to -- I'd
like to hope that in the future I could, you
know, do a good job for tennis, not just in the
UK but around the world. You know, I have to do
a lot more winning before you can sort of put
yourself in that position, I think.
Q. How much of a distraction was it, Federer
clearly having a problem with his back?
ANDY MURRAY: Not really, 'cause to me anyway it
didn't seem like it hampered his movement too
much. I mean, he still seemed to be serving
well. He just maybe was trying to finish the
points a little bit quicker.
But, you know, if he was sort of limping and
stuff and was struggling to move, then it might
have been, you know, hard for me because, uhm,
you know, everyone says when a player's visibly
injured, you know, it's tough to keep your
But when I saw the way that he was playing after
the injury time-out, I didn't really have a
Q. Roger said if he pulled out this match, the
worse player would have won. Would you agree you
were the better player on the court?
ANDY MURRAY: So he said what?
Q. He said if he would have won that match, he
believes that it would have been the case that
the worst player on the court would have won the
match. So he considered you the better player on
the court. Do you agree with that?
ANDY MURRAY: I had a lot of chances, but both of
us had a lot of chances. He probably made some
more mistakes than me. I mean, I thought he
played some great stuff, as well - especially
when he was behind.
I don't really know.
Q. What happened to your finger? Does it hurt?
ANDY MURRAY: No, it's fine.
Q. Will it affect tomorrow's match?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I don't think so (smiling).
Q. Did it feel like a great match to you? Is it
one of the better matches you played this year?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, in terms of the result and
stuff it was great. I didn't finish too long
ago. Like I say, I know by this sort of drama,
the ups and downs, it's probably, you know,
along with my match with Nadal, where I had to
deal with the sort of rain delay and stuff, you
know, this one, obviously with him having a
slight injury, you know, I heard he was sick,
and also having all the match points and all the
chances that I did have, you know, that made it
even better for me.
In terms of the quality of tennis, I don't know,
'cause you don't really feel it when you're out
on the court. You kind of have to watch it back
a little bit to get that feeling. But there was
some awesome points.
Q. Will you eat tonight, or what will you do
about eating or sleeping?
ANDY MURRAY: I've already ate. I had some pasta
and some chicken. Already had a massage. Just
get back to the hotel, sleep as long as I can,
you know, try and get well-hydrated before the
match. Just see how I feel in the morning.
Q. I noticed you were taking some pace off the
ball, especially in your first two service games
of the second set. Can you talk about how that
fit into your strategy as a whole today.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, against him, he's got
some of the best strokes in the world. If you
give him the same shot all the time, he's going
to get into a rhythm and start hitting the ball
great. So tried to use some slice, get the ball
high up to his backhand a little bit. You know,
sometimes some slice down the line to his
forehand. Just try and keep him off balance a
bit, because when he's dictating the points,
that's when he's most dangerous.
Q. Later in the second set when you started
missing the backhands into the net, first
serves, was there a point when it stopped being
technical and started getting in your head? How
did you turn that around in the third set?
ANDY MURRAY: It was never technical. Just
sometimes you miss shots. It happens. You know,
I'm not perfect. He started to play better. You
know, I missed a couple shots I maybe shouldn't
have. Think I still had a set point, maybe a
couple of them, but it didn't really get in my
head too much 'cause after we got in the
tiebreak, you know, I stayed strong mentally.
Q. Just as you promised two days ago, Roger was
knocked out for the first time in seven years.
Do you think this could be a sign for the
younger generation to emerge on big stages like
Grand Slams and Masters Cups? Roger lost three
Grand Slams this year. It never happened before.
ANDY MURRAY: So there's been a slight change
with Nadal becoming No. 1. I just think right
now tennis is in a good place. You've got guys
like Federer, Roddick that have been around for
quite a long time at the top. But then you've
also got Djokovic, Nadal, myself, Simon is new,
There's a lot of new guys coming through, as
well, and it's very competitive. So no one knows
how much everyone's going to improve, but I
think it's a good time for tennis.
Q. It's your first time to get into the Masters
Cup. How do you feel about your first match and
your first semifinal? Do you feel nervous? What
do you think about your chance to win the
ANDY MURRAY: It depends. I'm probably going to
be a bit tired tomorrow. It depends physically
how I feel. If I feel good, then I have a good
chance of winning. If not, then it's going to be
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