The Age’s Linda Pearce put together an great Q&A with Andy Murray following his big title in Brisbane.
Pearce quizzed Murray on a variety of topics. On Ivan Lendl, Murray said the former great and “funny guy” is trying to get the Scot to play even harder for every point.
“We’ve spoken about things to practise, certain drills to do on the practice court, and then when I’m on the match court, just to play every point like it’s going to be my last one, and fight as hard as you can,” he said. “Give 100 per cent, and send the message to the rest of the players that each time they step on the court against you it’s going to be a very tough match.”
Murray also pointed out that Lendl was labeled a “choker” early in his career after losing his first four Slam finals, but then he turned it around going on become one of the all time greats.
And in those three finals Murray knows he faced serious competition: “When I’ve lost in the finals I’ve lost to [Roger] Federer twice, who’s one of the best players ever, and obviously [Novak] Djokovic last year went on to have probably the best year ever, so it’s not like I’ve lost to guys that I’ve been better than; I just maybe haven’t played my best in the slam finals, so that’s something that I’ll have to change when I get there next time,” he told Pearce.
Murray added that he felt he should never have finished 2011 ranked No. 4. Injuries at the end curtailed his hopes and you can tell his poor finish is still on his mind.
Murray will be the No. 4 seed when the draw is revealed on Friday.
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