Andy Murray obviously admitted he is 'a little bit tired' after the marathon match won against Kei Nishikori. For the experience he has, his physical shape won't be better tomorrow: 'You tend to feel it more the following day, sort of in terms like stiffness and soreness in the body', Murray said.
'I was in the ice bath after the match. That obviously helps kind of make you feel a bit better. But, yeah, sort of 10, 12 hours afterwards the body starts to stiffen up. I'm sure tomorrow I'll be a bit sore. But it's positive I get a day's rest, a day's recovery tomorrow.' Analyzing the match, Murray said Nishikori played more aggressive than him most of the time: 'Especially the first set, beginning part of the second set, he was dictating almost all of the rallies. At one stage they put up the graphic on the screen in the first set, said I made 96% of returns, which at that stage means maybe I missed one.
There wasn't any quick points on his serve. There was a lot of rallies one after another. Often on a surface like this, you'll play some quicker points where you maybe get aced or don't make returns. But it was kind of every point there was rallies, and you're having to play four, five shots.
It was physically tough. Thankfully I was getting quite a few free points on my own serve, which helped. It wasn't easy because I wasn't able to dictate many of the points, it felt. More so in the third set I was able to.
But not in the first couple sets.' Murray added how winning today was very important because now he has many chances to qualify to the semifinals as first of the group: 'It's obviously important to win matches to give yourself the best chance to go through.
200 points for each match here is quite a lot, as well. Obviously that increases as you get into the semis, potentially in the final. It could come down to a match between me and Novak. Who knows what's going to happen the next few days.
For me and I'm sure for Novak, both of our goals would be to try to win the event. For him, whether that's by beating me, someone else, or for me if it's winning against Novak or another player, it doesn't change for us as players.
For the event and everyone interested in tennis, I'm sure that would be the most exciting way to finish the year. Just from my side, concentrate on trying to win my own matches, get through as many as I can, make it as tough as possible for Novak to jump me.' Kei Nishikori said he was disappointed: 'He's tough player, so...
Think it was great match, both of us. Also for me, played really consistent, playing with good energy. Well, I'm sure he's going to qualify for the group. I try to aim for the second spot.' 'I just had one lost recently in Basel.
Not going to be easy. He has great serve. That match he play really aggressive, so have to really focus to beat Marin. I will see how he's going to play today.' Playing in the O2 here in front of Murray's home crowd, loud support for him, how challenging was that? 'No, no, I was okay.
I mean, it wasn't too loud. I think in France gets more crazy, but here very nice crowd. Well, I was really focused, so I wasn't hearing too much besides my team. I was playing comfortable.'
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