Murray remains on course for five
Originally published on 18/06/16 00:00
At the start of the tournament Andy Murray, by virtue of being a finalist at Roland Garros, calculated that he had spent about 4 and a half hours practicing on grass. After his victory against 2012 winner and World No. 13 Marin Cilic today, he said “To guarantee myself five matches again here is great, after quite a limited sort of preparation, I'm happy about that.”
“I get the chance now to try and win here for a fifth time, as well, which is a good position to be in”.
If Murray wins for a fifth time he will be the only player to have achieved that here. There are eight players, including Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Lleyton Hewitt who have won the title four times.
“I'm glad I have given myself the opportunity to try and win again tomorrow,” Muray said. “Yeah, it would be nice to get a fifth title, for sure”.
He was watched by his team, including newly re-appointed coach Ivan Lendl while Marin Cilic was watched by Goran Ivanisevic who he has worked with for a couple of years. Tomorrow when Murray takes on Milos Raonic in the final, John McEnroe will be courtside in the Canadian’s box. As a player does Murray find that relevant?
“I don't find it that interesting, to be honest, because I'm playing Milos tomorrow; I'm not playing John”.
“You know, as a player, you get the people around you that you respect and will listen to or will help get the best out of you. I think with Ivan and Jamie (Delgado), they will be able to do that for me. I think that the last few months I have been playing very well with Jamie, and I think Ivan will be able to add to that”.
Murray was satisfied with his grasscourt game which has come together this week. En route to the final he has defeated two British players, Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut as well as Marin Cilic.
“I think I started moving a bit better today. I think I was more comfortable underfoot, and then when that's the case, when I was on the run, I wasn't worrying about sort of falling. I was thinking just purely about hitting the ball and getting good contact on the ball”.
Of his final opponent he said “the serve is the biggest strength in his game, so, you know, I'll have to — if I get any chances, it's important to take them when they come because there's not going to be too many.
“There's no question he can play well on grass. He made the semis of Wimbledon, so, you know, he can play well on this surface".
The final of the 2016 Aegon Championship between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic is scheduled for Sunday June 19 @2.15pm