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January 16, 2014
A. MURRAY/V. Millot
6‑2, 6‑2, 7‑5
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† That was a remarkable run of points in the third set there.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Yeah, it's not easy to do either.¬† Good way to finish the match.
Q.¬† How did that come about?¬† He was so close to taking the set.¬† You just seemed to come alive.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Yeah, well, I think, you know, he was obviously almost going for broke on a lot of shots.¬† I mean, he was hitting the ball so early, and flat and low.¬† It was very humid today, so the ball really wasn't flying much.
You know, he came up with some great shots in the third set.¬† Then when he didn't get his set point, I put a good point on his set point.¬† Then, yeah, I mean, I guess it's normal he got a little bit nervous, which helped.¬† He started missing a few balls and I adjusted my tactics a little bit.
Then that obviously made a difference as well.¬† So it's a good way to finish.
Q.¬† How tricky is it when you don't really know what to expect?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Well, I mean, it didn't really affect me at the start.¬† I mean, I was up 6‑2, 6‑2.¬† Then out of nowhere he started playing unbelievable.¬† Then sometimes, you know, you need to remind yourself that it's going to be hard for him to keep that up.¬† It's low‑percentage tennis.
He hasn't done it for a long period before, so that's what I was trying to remind myself when I was 5‑1 down.¬† If I can just hang in, you know, and sort of weather the storm a little bit, I might be able to come back.
But not knowing him wasn't the reason I was 5‑1 down in the third set, because I played two fine sets against him, then he just came up with some unbelievable tennis.
Q.¬† Did you notice him raising his arms up in the air trying to get the crowd going?¬† Does that motivate you as well?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† A little bit, yeah.¬† Yeah, I mean, I guess it does a bit.¬† You know, I needed to raise my intensity a little bit.¬† I didn't really respond as quick as I would have liked to him playing that well.
And then once I got that break back and then the crowd started to get into it, then I raised my intensity a bit.¬† I focused more.¬† Obviously managed to turn it around at that point.
Q.¬† You have this amazing record against left‑handed players.¬† Can you attribute that to something?¬† Maybe playing your brother?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Growing up playing my brother helped with that a lot.¬† You know, I got used to returning a left‑handed serve when I was a kid, so I don't mind that so much.¬† I mean, it's still tricky.¬† Today was a tricky match for me.¬† Haven't played a lefty for quite a number of months, so it can be tough.
But, yeah, practicing with my brother will have definitely helped with that.
Q.¬† At what point in the streak of 23 roughly did you start to realize something kind of cool was happening there?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† It was 6‑5 when I went to serve for it, and someone shouted out, You won 19 in a row.¬† I would say that's probably the most I'd ever won in my career by far.¬† I mean, it's very difficult to do.¬† I don't really know how I did it.
But, yeah, I didn't realize until I went to serve for the match.
Q.¬† You didn't realize you had gotten up and sat down twice without losing a point?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† No.¬† I was just thinking about the games, to be honest, rather than the points.¬† And, yeah, if someone hadn't shouted out, I wouldn't have realized.¬† I hadn't lost many points, but I hadn't realized I hadn't lost any at all.
Q.¬† When you got to that final game, did it almost motivate you to make it a love game?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† To be honest, I just wanted to win the game.¬† It was obviously fairly late.¬† The way that set had gone, I just wanted to try to get through that game.
I mean, I didn't really care about winning 23 points in a row.¬† I wanted to win the match.¬† I'm glad I finished it there, because very, very hard conditions.¬† Even in the evening it was so humid.¬† You know, after they closed the roof they obviously had the rain and the thunderstorms.
It changed the way the court and the balls played a lot.¬† It was heavier.¬† A lot of balls in the net today.¬† Slowed everything down a bit.¬† I just was glad to get off.¬† I'm still pouring with sweat just now.
Q.¬† Were you surprised when you went on court?¬† The humidity went up just before the match started.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† I was warming up outside just before the match.¬† Then, yeah, you feel it.¬† I mean, I knew it was going to be hot and humid out there.¬† I didn't realize how much it was going to change the conditions.
Q.¬† Have you seen Jamie?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Yeah, I think he's doing better.¬† He went back to the hotel earlier.¬† I spent an hour or so with him when I got here, and then checked up with him a couple times.
But, yeah, he wasn't in a great, great way.
Q.¬† Pretty scary thing to happen.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Yeah, you know, never happened to him before.¬† He's never had real cramps like that either.¬† When that happens, the cramps, I mean, I don't know how dangerous they are, but they're very, very uncomfortable.
When one part of your body goes and then you move, the opposite muscle goes.¬† When it happens the first time, it's pretty scary.
So just try to make sure someone was with him throughout the day.¬† You know, he drunk loads when he got off the court.¬† Was finding it quite hard to eat.¬† Hopefully he'll be fine tomorrow.
Q.¬† Has that happened to you much?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† What?
Q.¬† Having body cramps.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Yeah, it happened a lot when I was younger.¬† I mean, I've never sort of had it like that where it sort of came on like two hours or an hour and a half after I got off the court.¬† Normally it would happen during a match.
But I've never had it like that where, you know, you come off the court, you feel tired.¬† I mean, he was a bit tired and sore, but then it just obviously hit him like an hour and a half later.¬† He was struggling for, I mean, a good three, four hours after the match.¬† I haven't had that.
Q.¬† A couple matches in, how would you assess your game, fitness, and recovery as well?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† I thought first match I played very well.¬† Today I found tricky.¬† I found the opponent tricky.¬† I found the conditions tricky.
And, yeah, I maybe didn't adjust to those sort of conditions and the opponent as well as I would have liked.¬† But, you know, I did okay.¬† I did some good things out there.
First match I would say I played better.¬† But, yeah, I mean, I'm through to the third round.¬† Haven't lost a set yet.
I mean, I don't know what else would have, could have been expected of me.¬† I wasn't expecting to play perfect tennis and play great straightaway.
I played well in my first match; today, not so well.¬† That's what it's going to be like for me now.¬† I'm going to have ups and downs.¬† Just get through them and the consistency will come.
Q.¬† That's what, three and a half hours for both matches?¬† Through to the third round.¬† That's got to be the best you can hope for.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† I feel much better than I did two weeks ago, and every day hopefully I'll feel better and better.¬† My body's not in a lot of pain right now.¬† I'm not stiff and sore, which is a good sign.¬† And then hopefully I wake up and feel fine again tomorrow.
But it's all a process for me.¬† I've never experienced this before.¬† I'll try and deal with it as best I can.¬† But I have a lot of positives for me so far.¬† Hope I'll keep getting better.
Q.¬† What about L√≥pez next.¬† Seven wins and no defeats against him; is that right?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† I don't know.¬† I don't think I've lost to him.¬† I don't know how many times I won.¬† But I had a tough match with him at the US Open on the hard courts a few years ago where he played really well.
I think it was 7‑6 in the fourth set maybe, something like that.¬† Very, very hot day.¬† And, yeah, I mean, he's got a great serve.¬† He obviously comes to the net a bit.¬† Different game style to all of the guys nowadays pretty much.
So that will, again, be another good test for me and naturally get tougher.
Q.¬† On your days off, do you try to do very little?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Pretty much, yeah.¬† I mean, it's kind of hard because you obviously want to try and like work on some things that maybe you weren't that happy with.¬† But you also have to try and sort of save your energy as much as you can.
So like yesterday, normally I would practice for an hour, an hour and 15 minutes on an off day.¬† Yesterday I practiced for like 35, 40 minutes.¬† You obviously try to go a little bit lighter.
Tomorrow I know is meant to be tough again, so I won't hit that much.
Q.¬† How do you feel about how the tournament has handled the heat?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Uhm, I think it's tough.¬† I think it's tough for everybody.¬† It's tough for the referees, tournament director.¬† It's hard for the players.¬† I mean, the medical staff.¬† It's very, very difficult.
You know, it's very hard for the fans, the people watching.¬† I mean, sitting there.¬† Line judges, umpires.¬† It's not a good place to be in because, you know, the heat is bearable just.¬† It's weighing out whether or not it's kind of worth playing like that and it's worth it for the fans and everyone.
I've seen a lot of matches where everyone's kind of left and gone home.¬† That's not good either.
So I think obviously after the tournament's finished, I'm sure there will be some discussions between the ATP, and the ITF to maybe shore up the rules a little bit and make it a little bit, you know, easier for everybody to understand.¬† I don't see any problems in the future.
But let's also remember this is the first time it's ever been like this.¬† I heard it was a hundred years they've never had weather like this four days in a row.¬† So you've got to expect that's probably not going to happen again for a while.
Q.¬† Can you see a case for putting the Aussie Open further back in the calendar?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† To like February or something?
ANDY MURRAY:¬† Is it colder then?
Q.¬† Slightly.¬† A little bit.
ANDY MURRAY:¬† I don't really mind the place it is in the calendar, to be honest.¬† I quite like it.¬† I think it rewards the guys‑‑ the only time you actually have a lead‑up here where you can train hard and prepare for this one event.¬† Obviously there's a couple of, you know, tournaments beforehand that everyone, you know, prepares for.
But, you know, the off‑season, you can really see who's put the work in.¬† That's kind of why I like it being where it is.
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