Murray focused on family


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:03

The 22-year-old Scot is aiming to claim his maiden grand slam success after beating 14th seed Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 in Thursday’s semi-final at Rod Laver Arena. He will play world number one Roger Federer in Sunday’s showpiece.

“I want to win it for the people that I work with, for my parents who helped me when I was growing up,” said Murray, whose mother Judy has been a permanent fixture among his court-side entourage.

“Then I want to do it for British tennis, and for British sport as well would be excellent.

“But the pressure that I feel doesn’t come from the people that are around me. They obviously are happy with anything that I do. But I want to win for them first.”

It will be the second time Murray will play in the final of a grand slam after he was beaten by Federer at the 2008 US Open in straight sets.

On that occasion rain in New York had forced Murray to play his semi-final against Rafael Nadal over two days and he did not finish until the day before the final.

This time Murray will have more than 48 hours to prepare and, while he admitted he will have to find ways to occupy himself, he is happier with this scenario.

“I’d rather be in this position than what happened at the US Open,” he added. “I played three days in a row. In a slam, that almost never happens to anyone.

“So, physically, I’m going to be in good shape, that’s for sure.”


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