Andy Murray: Stan Played A Great Match, I’m Disappointed But It’s Been A Good Year
by Ben Pronin | September 5th, 2013, 5:50 pm

Andy Murray’s first career Grand Slam title defense ended today at the hands of Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss No. 2 overpowered Murray 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to ease into his first career Slam semifinal.

Murray, who has won two of the last four Grand Slams, suffered his earliest loss at a Major since the French Open last year. Giving credit to how well Wawrinka played, here’s what Murray said to the press immediately after the loss:

Q. Very tough day. What went on today?

ANDY MURRAY: I thought he played great. That was the hardest part of the match. 5-4 game in the first set was important game. I had a chance to close it out; he had quite a few chances. I made a few mistakes. But I mean, for the most part I didn’t create break point chance, so he served well. He hit a lot of lines, was going for big shots, and he played too well.

Q. You haven’t looked particularly comfortable all tournament. Have you felt like you sort of haven’t been able to find your rhythm or your best tennis?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, when it’s breezy conditions I think everyone takes a bit of time to feel comfortable on the court. But I don’t think I was playing poorly. I got to the quarterfinals of a slam, which isn’t easy. I mean, I would have liked to have played a little bit better, but, you know, I have had a good run the last couple of years. It’s a shame I had to play a bad match today.

Q. Was it his game? Your game?

ANDY MURRAY: I just said he played great. He hit big shots. He passed extremely well. He hit a lot of lines on big points. He served well. That was it. He played a great match.

Q. Does it make it harder when the guy keeps points so short? Was it one of those where you can’t get any kind of rhythm?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, it wasn’t that. I mean, I thought there was a fair few long points, but I didn’t get into enough return games, which is disappointing for me. That’s normally something I do pretty well. I always give myself opportunities to break serve, and I didn’t today.

Q. Has it been a little tougher perhaps than even you imagined to come off down from the kind of mountaintop of Wimbledon and get everything right, all the focus right after that big high?

ANDY MURRAY: No, it’s not so much about focus. You know, when you work hard for something for a lot of years, you know, it’s going to take a bit of time to really fire yourself up and get yourself training, you know, 110 percent. You know, that’s something that I think is kind of natural after what happened at Wimbledon. But I got here. I mean, I have been here nearly three weeks now. I practiced a lot, and played quite a lot of matches, as well. So I gave myself a chance to do well because I prepared properly.

Q. Was there anything about the whole experience it was a new experience, defending a big title like this that perhaps it took you by surprise or anything about the whole thing that…

ANDY MURRAY: No, I don’t think so. I would have thought maybe beginning of the tournament would have been the case. But, I mean, I think that had zero bearing on today’s match. You know, it was my fifth match of the tournament, so, I mean, I thought I handled it okay. It was a new experience for me and something that was good to go through, and I will learn from that for next time.

Q. Did he throw anything tactically at you that you weren’t expecting?

ANDY MURRAY: He served and volleyed a few times at the beginning of the match on some quite big points. On 30-all points and maybe a couple of deuce points, he did it. Apart from that, no, he just hit the ball extremely well today. So it was difficult to dictate too many of the points. And, you know, when he had the wind with him, he served very well and got the first strike in on the rally. I had to do a lot of defending from the far side of the court.

Q. Do you think the last 12 months have been more physically taxing or mentally taxing on you?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, it’s been challenging both ways for different reasons. I mean, physically I played some extremely tough matches in that period. You know, mentally, as well, it was very challenging for me to play you know, Wimbledon, the last few games of Wimbledon to you guys may not seem like much, but to me it was extremely challenging. Mentally, in terms of the matches I played, I mean, with Novak in Australia, last couple of years we have had some big matches here obviously. So, you know, a lot of work goes into not just those matches but the work you do to get yourself ready for them, as well. Yeah, that’s tough.

Q. How difficult has the scheduling of your matches made it for you?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t really want to get into that. You guys can see for yourself how the schedule worked out. Yeah, when you play the first round over three days, it’s tough.

Q. You have been incredibly consistent, as you said, at reaching the latter stages of Grand Slams. Does that make this more disappointing? How much does it motivate you?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I don’t know. If I’m meant to win every Grand Slam I play or be in the final, it’s just very, very difficult just now. With the guys around us, it’s very challenging. Like I say, I have played my best tennis in the slams the last two, three years. I mean, I lost today in straight sets, so that’s disappointing. I would have liked to have gone further. But, look, I can’t complain. If someone told me before the US Open last year I would have been here as defending champion having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 percent. So I’m disappointed, but, you know, the year as a whole has been a good one.

Q. First Grand Slam semifinal for Stan. When you see the way he played today, can you see him as a contender for these titles now?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I know how hard they are to win. I have reached quite a few semis and finals before I did it. I don’t know the answer to that. You’ll find out in the next few days I guess.

Q. Do you think Davis Cup might be a good challenge for you now in two weeks’ time, a good change from the Grand Slam scene?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I mean, again, I’ll see in 10 days or so, but, you know, I need to take a few days’ rest and then get practicing on the clay courts and hopefully we can win the match.

Q. Just to clarify, aren’t any kind of underlying physical issues you have been keeping quiet?


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17 Comments for Andy Murray: Stan Played A Great Match, I’m Disappointed But It’s Been A Good Year

Humble Rafa Says:

Nothing to see here. A Swiss gentleman beats a British guy with no forehand. What’s new.

andrea Says:

happy for stan and his first semi! for someone who left his wife and newborn to focus on tennis because he felt the window was closing (although i think they are back together), this must feel great.

SG1 Says:

Guy with no knees talking about a guy without a forehand…interesting.

SG1 Says:

Murray looked mentally out of it from round 1. He looked edgy and out of focus through all his matches. Murray had indicated that he didn’t even touch a racket for two weeks after he won Wimbledon. I suspect that winning Wimbledon satisfied him for the year. There was so much pressure on him to win Wimbledon that when he actually won it, there was no where to go but downward.

We’d all of liked to see Andy make today’s match more interesting. Wawrinka played brilliantly and Andy didn’t have any of his usual push back. No break points over three sets from arguably, the best returner in the world. Andy just didn’t have the mind set to defend. I suspect the real Andy Murray won’t show up until next January.

SG1 Says:

Wawrinka’s backhand is so sweet. Looks like the one handed backhand guys are making an impact in this tournament. It’s nice to see as the one handed backhand is the most elegant shot in the sport.

jamie Says:


Brando Says:

I kind of agree with SG1.

Andy did seem on edge throughout this USO swing really. He had the look of a guy who didn’t seem anything other than professional, but not with the look of a man chasing a goal but rather a guy taking going through his schedule in his profession of choice.

There was no spark, emotion, sense of desire throughout this period. The moment he said he’s not interested in the number 1 ranking- or more truthfully: not all that bothered- alarms started to ring in my mind regarding Muzza.

The question is: where does he go from here?

He wanted to win a slam. That was his big aim in his career: he fulfilled that with the USO win in 2012.

Then it was Wimby: the old holy grail. He finally did that this year.

From there though there are no real clear, burning goals other than: just try to win as many slams as he can.

That’s it.

And with this particular slam I kind of got the feeling that maybe he isn’t over celebrating his Wimbledon win, that he has not had enough time to reset, get focused and set some new targets that he’s totally committed to and gunning. Since his ‘i’ll try to win more slams’ goal seems rather to casual and obligatory.

I think AO 2014 onwards he’ll be fine. He’ll reset in the winter and have a huge circle around the AO since that is something he has not won and can feasibly win. He’ll pursue that with all his might and be back to his usual self.

No offense to Stan Wawarinka (a player I rate highly) but when the World Number 3, winner of 2/3 slams he last played and arguably the best returner in the business gets beat in straight sets without a single BP chance to claim quite clearly the man in question wasn’t at his best. Especially when he possesses a 8-2 record v Wawa off clay.

All in all: a colossal bummer that he lost but I have zero doubt that this kick up the backside will fire him up to achieve great things in the recent future!

PS: No Rafa v Murray for 2 plus year now is sealed: WOW!

SG1 Says:

Youzhny looks like he’ll go down in straights. A Rafa-Djok final seems inevitable.

the DA Says:

@ Brando – Well put. I sensed the same thing with Andy throughout this tournament so today wasn’t a surprise – but the no BPs is a shocker. Looking at this match tonight I think your guy has a huge chance of taking a 3rd HC slam. ;)

@SG1 – Yes it looks like that indeed. I’m going to catch some Zzzs knowing I’ll wake up to news that Nole pulled through.

Humble Rafa Says:

Guy with no knees talking about a guy without a forehand…interesting.

Guy with no knees is beating the c**p out of opponents. FYI. Not broken yet. 2 Hard court masters title. Goat Owner.

Humble Rafa Says:

Also good to see someone from Switzerland with a decent backhand.

SG1 Says:

Goat owner. Perhaps a sheep owner as well. Certainly explains the new habit of crotch picking. Those sheep pubes can be irritating.

SG1 Says:

Have to agree though the Stan’s backhand is better than Fed’s. Less wristy, more shoulder turn. That being said, Fed’s forehand is better than Stan’s by a fair bit.

SG1 Says:


Andy has a nice game for RG as well. Getting the career slam out of the way would be a challenging goal that could push him to new heights over the next year or so. The AO/RG combo.

Right now, he needs some time to recharge his mojo. I think the last hold game at the Wimby final probably torched the rest of his year. That was one of the more stressful games I’ve ever seen anyone play.

Michael Says:

Andy has been consumed by his success. After realizling his life time ambition of winning Wimbledon, he is finding it difficult to motivate himself going forward. He had one of the most unproductive hard court swings in his career and this US Open defeat is just tip of the iceberg. Losing to a player like Stan is no shame, but what must have hurt Andy is the way he lost in straight sets. The crowds couldn’t even a see a fight. Let us grant that Stan played the match of his life, but Andy if he had played even his near best, he could have made a match out of it or in the worst case scenario stretch him to five sets. But he succumbed meekly to the onslaught of Wawrinka. It is now the moment of truth for Andy. He has to strategise his career going forward. He has many more milestones to be achieved and his latent talent would always be of considerable help for his career to flourish.

Margot Says:

Some gr8 posts guys. Agree with Brando and SG1. Andy just wasn’t there from the start and seemed to be even more nervous than usual.
He needs to re-think and re-group. Wimbledon win was HUGE, clearly needs time to get his head round that.
He’s never going to have the consistency of Nole/Rafa but I confidently predict a gr8 2014.
Anything Jamie can do….;)

Michael Says:

For all the histronics of Wawrinka in this US Open, I hope it turns out to be a Novak Vs Rafa final for the sake of enhancing spectators interest. Everybody wants a competitve final. I do not think Wawarinka has that confidence to beat Rafa considering his disastrous H2H where he has struggled to even take a set off him. Novak is the man who can keep it competitive against Rafa. He did that even at the fiefdom of Rafa, Rolland Garros, where he nearly beat him despite Rafa playing mind boggling stuff. Even at Montreal, it was a close call.

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