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Murray vows to come back

2012-07-09 07:59

London - Andy Murray vowed to come back stronger than ever after a heartbreaking four-set Wimbledon final defeat against Roger Federer left the distraught Scot crying tears of frustration on Centre Court.

Murray had hoped to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, but his dreams were dashed as Federer recovered from a slow start to claim the seventh All England Club title of his magnificent career.

It was a devastating blow for Murray, who has played some of the best tennis of his life over the last two weeks but is now on a miserable run of four defeats in his four Grand Slam final appearances.

The 25-year-old, who broke down in tears during an emotional on-court interview immediately after the match, was still understandably sombre when he fulfilled his media commitments after briefly returning to the locker room.

But, despite his obvious angst at falling short in his home Grand Slam, the world No 4 believes the way he took the fight to Federer in the first two sets proves he has the game to eventually win one of the four majors.

"I'd say that's the best I've played in a slam final. I created chances and went up a set. Even the last two sets, I still had chances," said Murray who had been trying to become Britain's first Wimbledon men's champion since Fred Perry in 1936.

"It wasn't like I gave away bad games or stupid games. I played a good match and made pretty good decisions for the most part, so I'm happy with that.

"I felt more comfortable this morning and before the match than I had done in the previous slam finals.

"It's not an easy tournament for British players in many ways, but I think I dealt with all of the extra things away from the tournament pretty well, better than maybe I had done in the past.

"It was my first time in a Wimbledon final. I'd never been there before. I'm still improving, still playing better tennis, which is all I can do."

Murray is widely regarded as the best player of his generation never to have won a Grand Slam and he has been especially unfortunate to come up against Federer in three of his major finals.

Losing to the 17-time Grand Slam winner doesn't make it any easier for Murray to stomach, but he conceded he could have few complaints about the result.

"Every loss has been different. Today's pretty hard because you're playing in front of a crowd like that and your whole family has come to watch," he said.

"But he played very, very well in the last two sets especially. When the roof closed he played unbelievable tennis.

"Was it my best chance? I don't know. I lost to a guy that's now won this tournament seven times and is No 1 in the world. So if that's your best chance, then...

"We're talking about one of the greatest athletes of all time here. We've got to put it in context a little bit."

Murray has never been completely accepted by the British sporting public because of his sometimes bad tempered demeanour, but that should change after his tearful post-match speech.

"I'd be playing the wrong sport if I wasn't emotional," Murray said.

"I just said to sorry to Roger. I didn't want that to happen. You feel like you're kind of attention seeking or something. It wasn't like that at all.

"I knew it would be hard when they asked me if I wanted to do the interview. I don't know if I wanted to do it, but I tried.

"He just laughed and said 'This is meant to be the easy part, doing the speeches after the match'. But sometimes it feels quite hard compared with playing a tennis match."

After such a painful defeat, a mentally drained Murray plans to take time off before beginning his preparations for the Olympics and the US Open.

"There's no point in going on the court until my mind is right and I'm ready to go out there and work hard," he said.

"I'll wait and see how my body recovers over the next few days but I won't be on court next week that's for sure."

AFP

Comments
  • andy4real - 2012-07-09 08:52

    Next Time Champ, You are still a champion in my eyes

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-09 08:53

    come back to what lol? winning a grand slam? i love how murray is british when he is reaching finals etc. but a plain old scottsman when he gets thumped by the big 3. andy, you are only gonna win a grand slam if all 3 of nadal, novak and roger leave planet earth.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-07-09 08:56

    change of attitude mate. lighten up a bit and watch your tennis career go to the next level.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-09 08:58

    Shame Andy, uou must just accept that you're not mentally tough enough! I think Federer had already won his 3rd Wimbledon by the time he was your age (25)?

  • leeyakath.abbubaker - 2012-07-09 09:18

    murray is such a pussy...

  • bj.pieman - 2012-07-09 09:27

    He will come back - and lose.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-09 09:45

    no rather dont!

  • roger.mayes.3 - 2012-07-09 09:48

    Amazing how a bunch of people nobody has ever or will ever hear of feel free to criticise someone who has just contested a Wimbledon final

      lentlareane.kannete - 2012-07-09 11:25

      what is your point because nobody is critising him we are just telling it as it is, het wont win gramslam title as long as the big three is there he must forget. he is lucky to reach final courtesy of Nadal being knocked by Rosol on a bad day for Nadal

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-09 13:36

      because he is a wanker.... period! He doesnt deserve it, I dont care how many times he tries, he's flippin rude. Its so easy to see a true champion like Federer and then an a-hole like Murray, and I hardly watch tennis!

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