‘Hopefully we can do it all again next year’

Andy Murray column: I can’t wait to walk out as Wimbledon champion By Andy Murray Wimbledon champion 2013 When I looked at the Wimbledon trophy and my name wasn’t on it, there was a moment when I thought ‘What’s going on?’ To hold that unique, historic trophy on Centre Court was an incredible feeling, but when I was looking down the names of the past winners, I couldn’t find my own. Continue reading the main story “It does upset you when people you don’t know are criticising you, and things are getting said about your family and the people around you” It turns out they’ve run out of space over the years and my name is on the base, so I didn’t actually get to see my name when I was handed the trophy, but I can confirm it’s on the one I have at home! I only got an hour and a half’s sleep after going to the Champions’ Dinner, but to come downstairs the morning after and have breakfast alongside the replica trophy was pretty surreal. There’s so much history behind the whole tournament and I didn’t understand all that when I was young and growing up. I wanted to win Wimbledon but I didn’t realise everything that has gone on here over the years. When you walk down to Centre Court you see pictures of all the winners back to something like 1920, and to be reminded of that every single match has been quite a pressure. To think I’ve joined them now is pretty amazing. Literally the week before the tournament, I was talking to my team about the Wimbledon museum and they said they were going to take me. I’ll try to pay a visit because I’ve heard it’s really good. I did pose with the trophy alongside the statue of Fred Perry, which was another special moment as he’s such an important historical figure in tennis, and someone people have been telling me about throughout my career. He was obviously a great player but the talk almost became too much, and I just hope we don’t have to wait that long for a champion again. Andy Murray is greeted by Prime Minister David Cameron The final was probably the toughest match mentally that I will ever play, certainly that last game. I was OK at the change of ends before coming out to serve for the title, and I was just thinking: ‘This is where I’m going to hit my first serve on the first point.’ I know how important stats are when you win the first point on serve, so I was just concentrating on that. It wasn’t until 40-30 that I started to get nervous, and by the time Novak had break points it was panic time.
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