Andy Murray 12 May 2013
by ATP Staff|
A. MURRAY: I think last week was a good week to judge and I have had some time to prepare for the tournament . I played fairly well and I didn't win too many of the break points and took too many chances in some of the sets and when I was ahead I could have finished them off quicker and I didn't play my best but I have give myself time and I think that I think I’ll need to do a little better.
Q: What is more important this week – feeling that your are playing well or getting results
A. MURRAY: Try to win and find ways to win matches. It does not always matter if your hitting the ball but you always have to find a way to win, Here they conditions are different than in Madrid and you cannot expect to play well at beginning of the tournament. In Monte Carlo I was playing well and hitting the ball but then its different when you to altitude and you are hitting balls differently and the ball goes fast and so when you get back to sea level you have to change again and go back to what you were doing before.
Q: Do you think you're improving on clay. How would you assess the last 12 months.
A. MURRAY: I haven’t played clay since Monte Carlo and so I cant judge for 10 and a half months. Some things I feel more comfortable with than a couple of years ago but I have had decent results and do I have to wait and see how the next few weeks but it takes me abut 2 - 3 weeks to feel comfortable.
Q: It used to always be the same 4 top players in the finals every year but recently this is not the case.
A. MURRAY: I thinks its natural and it very difficult to be consistently in the end of the tournament for 5 -6 -7 year in a row and for a period Rafa was injured and he want played and then Roger took 2 months off and so he is not going to play perfectly straight away.
Q: Recently in US sport, Jason Collins came out as a gay player. What are your thoughts about this if an ATP player were to do the same.
A. MURRAY: I would hope there are no issues on the tour. Its something that has been talked a lot on in sport in the past few years everyone is better at hearing about this and accepting this. You know, there has to be some players who are probably gay but I don’t think other players have any issues with it and hope tennis deals with this well. I saw the Jason Collins thing in basket and the player and the owners were respectful and happy about his decision and so I think it is a good thing.
Q: What are your thoughts about Rafa who came back and in 7 tournaments he is in 7 finals and winning in Indian Wells.
A. MURRAY: Very impressive. His record on clay is incredible before the injury and I would have expected him to come back and play on clay for a bit before but on that surface he is so ahead of the rest of the pack and so, after not coming back for a while, his level has dropped because he has not played for a bit and now that he has played more and more, he is getting back to that level but even if he hasn't played, his level is a long way ahead of the rest of the pack. Its very impressive his consistency and its interesting to see if he can maintain this.
Q: There is a picture of you and Tsonga in a private jet coming here. What is it like? It this the general future mode of transport.
A. MURRAY: It the first time for me and there are some times in the tour when its important to get from A to B as quick to give yourself the most time to recover and to get into condition and lots of players have done this. Roger, Rafa and Novak do this and I remember finishing a match against Del Potro in Las Vegas and having to get up at six in the morning whereas I could have gone from Palm Springs in 4 and ha half hours instead of 10 hours. Yes, it is a bit of a luxury bit it is also necessary. I has a good time.
Q: How do you do it
A. MURRAY: Here is a company that a lot of athletes use …… Roger and the others and you basically make a call and see what time you can leave.
Q: Were you surprised Joe dressed up for flight
A. MURRAY: I was impressed of the effort and when we got to the hotel we were in the same restaurant and he paid for my dinner and he had another suit on. I wore a track suit and then later, jeans.
Q: We talked about playing on clay and then switching to grass. What is harder than the other.
A. MURRAY: Every player has a surface that he finds more natural that the others. It takes time to feel the body after playing on a hard court because the joints suffer more. Clay is not a surface I grew up on and its natural to spend more time and it takes me a few weeks to get used to it.