Andy Murray: ‘I appreciate all this more as I get older’

Andy Murray roars during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. 

Picture: Ian Rutherford
Andy Murray roars during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Andy Murray last night marched into another Wimbledon final – claiming a new British grand slam record – and declared: “I want to win it again.”

The Scot beat the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in straight sets and will play Milos Raonic of Canada tomorrow hoping to lift the trophy for a second time. This will be his 11th slam final, moving him one clear of Fred Perry.

Even though this will be his 11th, Murray said reaching a final will never feel normal.

“Maybe now I’m more excited than when I was younger,” he said. “The tournaments start to mean more the older I get and I start to appreciate the history of them more. When you’re 18, 19 you’re not as aware of those things. So, yeah, it never feels normal. I never take it for granted. I know how difficult it is to make the finals and how hard they are to win.

“These tournaments are why I’m still playing and it would be great to win Wimbledon again. For British players growing up this is the biggest. To get to play in front of a home crowd is very, very rare.”

Murray was asked if he was surprised that he’ll be playing Raonic – who he defeated to win Queen’s – rather than Roger Federer, the other semi-final going to five sets.

“Yes and no,” the Scot replied. “Obviously Roger’s won here seven times so anytime he loses it’s somewhat of a surprise. But Milos has been playing really good tennis this year. He’s got a fantastic serve so returning it will be important.”

Winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, Murray was pleased with his tennis. “I feel pretty calm just now, maybe because of the way the match went. It wasn’t too stressful.”

The world No 2 is now odds on favourite to add a third grand slam success to the US Open title he won in 2012 and the Wimbledon crown he secured a year later.

William Hill has Murray at 2/7 to beat Raonic, with the Canadian a massive outsider at 11/4. Murray is just 11/8 to win the final in straight sets.

Berdych praised Murray’s performance and said the British No 1 could now win the title.

“Andy played really well,” the Czech added. “He was able to defend the game, play very 
solid. He just deserved to win.

“I think he can win Wimbledon, definitely he can. The fact that probably his biggest rival, Novak [Djokovic], is not in the draw anymore definitely helps him. He has the tools to make it all the way.”

Murray was asked about an unofficial poll concerning Henman Hill at the All-England Club and whether it should be re-named after the Brit who’s been a Wimbledon champion. When told that one respondent wanted him to win three titles before he’d get her vote, Murray quipped: “It’s OK, Tim can have it.”