Andy Murray continues to dazzle the crowd at the Centre Court where he is always the crowd favourite. This time around, it was the 2nd round match of Murray against Oscar Otte where Murray stage an epic comeback to advance into the third round.
Despite having won the 1st set, Murray found himself trailing by a set at the beginning of the 4th set. He then had to stage one of the best comeback of this season as he rallied in front of the cheering Centre Court crowd who saw Murray win the match 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match that went on for 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Murray talks about the atmosphere at the Centre Court
Murray gave a huge amount of credit to the crowd who he felt gave him the extra energy and pushed him to the finish line as he battled Otte in the final session of the play on the Centre Court at the All-England Club.
“In the last hour and half the match came back. I realised I needed more energy, I need to try and engage with crowd more. I picked a few people in the crowd and was staring at them after every point and try to engage with them.
“The crowd created a great atmosphere, we were feeding off each other. I am aware of the moment, I know what great atmosphere is in tennis and I have played in few over the years and that was one of them.” said Murray about the electric and charged up atmosphere.
Murray talks about his nervousness while watching others play
Murray had his mother Judy Murray, who was also his first coach, watching his 2nd round match from the stands. Talking about Murray himself getting nervous watching other sports, he said how his mother and wife should be used to him playing epic matches.
“The one time where I kind of realised its slightly different, when I watch the highlights of the 2013 Wimbledon finals, seeing my mum at the end of the match when I had the match points and he(Novak Djokovic) came back in that game.
I found that quite difficult to watch actually like to see how hard it was for my mom and wife and then I realised then what it must be like for them in the most intensive matches and moments but they should be used to it by now.” said Murray talking about the 2013 Wimbledon finals that gets difficult for Murray to watch.
Andy Murray gives his opinion on the ‘slippery’ grass of Centre Court
“It is slippery, it felt better than my first match and hopefully it will continue to get better throughout the tournament. I don’t remember but it being quite like that. I know guys fall down in the beginning of Queen’s and Wimbledon, that’s the nature of the grass court tennis, it just feels like hat the way players are falling down it’s close to quite bad. You just don’t want it to be like that.
“Hopefully, it dries out a little bit in the next few days and a warmer weather would help in that. But it’s been a tough few days and few players have obviously got hurt during the matches and few of been have lucky in one of them, I saw Kyrgios fall down in his match, so there’s been a few.” said Murray as he shivered throughout the interview after taking an ice-bath.
Andy Murray will next be up against Denis Shapovalov in the 3rd round of the Wimbledon 2021.