London - Andy Murray plays tennis for a
living, and he doesn't plan on being afraid of doing his job.
Murray was asked about the Paris attacks on
Monday, and whether he was scared to go to Belgium at the end of the month to
play in the Davis Cup final.
"I think everybody right now is
concerned about things," said Murray, who beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in his
opening match at the season-ending ATP finals. "But I do think the best
thing that we can do is to live our normal lives, not change too much, because
then the terrorists are the ones that are winning."
Among the sites targeted in Friday's
attacks was the Stade de France, where France's national team was playing
Germany in a soccer friendly. And many of the attackers have been linked to
Belgium, where the Davis Cup final will be played from Nov. 27-29 in Gent.
"We need to go out there and do what
we always do and try not to change too much. That's all we can do," Murray
said. "I don't want to live my life in fear each time I step on a tennis
court. So that's what I'll do."
Against Ferrer at the O2 Arena in London,
Murray was able to win with plenty of help from the Spaniard's serve. The
seventh-seeded Ferrer had eight double-faults and landed only 49 percent of his
"I serve bad @ the end of the first
set and also in the second set," Ferrer said. "Anyway, in important
moments he was better than me. He played more aggressive than me."
Murray broke Ferrer to win the first set,
getting his final point on the Spaniard's second double-fault of the game.
Although Ferrer broke to open the second
set in the following game, Murray slowly fought back as Ferrer continued to
struggle to get the ball in play. Murray ended up winning 19 of the 32 points
off Ferrer's second serve.
Unfortunately for Murray, the ATP finals is
being played on an indoor hard court while the Davis Cup final will be played on
Murray has been splitting his preparation
time for the two tournaments on both surfaces, and it showed.
"First couple of games my timing was a
little bit off," Murray said. "But I got it back pretty quickly,
which was pleasing."
Britain has not won the Davis Cup title
since 1936, when Fred Perry was the team's star player. Perry was also the last
British man to win the men's title at Wimbledon that same year, until Murray
In the late match at the ATP finals,
nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal beat current French Open champion
Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2.
Although Nadal served and lost the opening
game at love, he quickly recovered and put pressure on Wawrinka the rest of the
"I had one bad game, the first one of
the match," said Nadal, a two-time finalist at the season-ending
tournament. "But then immediately I was playing well."
The fifth-seeded Spaniard ended up with 15
break points, but converted only four - two in each set.
Nadal will face Murray on Wednesday, while
Wawrinka takes on Ferrer.
"For sure I will have to play better,
but you never know. That's why it's interesting here, you can lose the first
match, still qualify," Wawrinka said. "I will have to play some better