Andy Murray spoke about the 2018 Wimbledon quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro. The Spaniard prevailed in five sets. Murray said: “It was an amazing match but it was so long. It was for five hours.
But I was watching it and I was like it is going on too long. I had booked dinner with my friends, had a meeting planned that evening. All of that got cancelled and I realised then that tennis needs to look at shortening matches a bit”.
Murray also spoke about one of his key moments in his life: "I had the thing that happened in Dunblane. That was when I was around nine. I’m sure for all the kids there it would have been difficult for different reasons, but we knew the guy, we went to his kids’ club, he’d been in our car and we’d driven him and dropped him off at train stations and things.
And within 12 months of that happening, our parents got divorced. I think that’s a difficult time for kids, to see that and not quite understand what’s going on. Then, six to 12 months after that, my brother moved away from home.
He went to train to play tennis. We used to do everything together, so when he moved away that was also quite hard for me. Around that time, and after that for a year or so, I had lots of anxiety. That came out when I was playing tennis.
A few times when I was competing I would get really bad breathing problems. My feeling towards tennis is that it’s an escape for me in some ways because all of these things are bottled up. We don’t talk about these things.
The way that I am on the tennis court, I show some positive things about my personality and I also show the bad things, the stuff that I really hate. But I feel like tennis allows me to be that child that has all of these questions. That’s why tennis is important to me”.