'Why have I gone from playing some of the best tennis in my life to
some of the worst?': Andy Murray squares up to Sir David Frost
By Sir David Frost
The Grand Slam that eludes him. Crying in his hotel room after defeat.
And why boxing is the unlikely inspiration behind his startling return
'After Miami last year I was absolutely gutted - I was in my room
crying... You're thinking... Why have I gone from playing some of the
best tennis in my life to some of the worst?' said Andy Murray.
When friends learned that I was about to interview Andy Murray,
several of them predicted that I would find him shy and
Fortunately, that particular myth about Murray turned out to be
nonsense. Off the court, he was friendly and approachable, not to
mention engaging, humorous and thoughtful.
Murray is Britain’s most successful tennis player of the modern era.
Worth more than £22 million and with 22 career titles to his name, he
has been ranked as high as number two in the world and made it through
to three Grand Slam finals – and been a losing semi-finalist on a
further six occasions.
However, the main impression with which I was left was the scale of
the challenge he faces – a first victory in a Grand Slam but with
three outstanding rivals in his way: Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and now
As Andy says: ‘Djokovic was at number three or four in the world for
four or five years before he made the jump up to number one; I’ve been
at number three or four in the world for about four-and-a-half years.
'It’s taking a lot longer but guys are eventually finding ways to
break through to get to the top of the game. That’s really what I’ve
got to believe that I can do and keep trying to improve, because the
level right at the top right now is just so strong.’