Murray happy with tennis support

29 July 2012 / 20:04

Andy Murray won his first Olympic men's tennis singles match against Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-3 on Sunday afternoon and then admitted he understands why some British fans have found it hard to love him.

The Scot, who lost in the first round in Beijing four years ago, was cheered to the rafters as he saw off a potentially dangerous opponent with an impressive display. Murray was back on Centre Court exactly three weeks after losing to Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon final.

The 25-year-old was given huge support, but it was his emotional interview afterwards that seems to have been a watershed moment in the British public's relationship with Murray. He said: "After the final it was different to what I'd experienced before, the support from friends, family, just people I bump into in the street, politicians, celebrities. It was overwhelming. I'm not used to that."

And the huge backing he has received since then has ensured Murray is revitalised and ready to give everything in his bid for Olympic gold.

Murray added: "I understand that sometimes in the past it wasn't always that easy to get behind me because on the court I didn't look particularly happy.

"But I think during Wimbledon, I just felt different on the court. I felt like I'd grown up a bit. I felt more mature. I felt like my demeanour was better.

"The support after the final made a huge difference to me, to my confidence, I wanted to get back on the practice court straight away, back in the gym, get myself ready for this tournament because I want to do my best.

"I want to achieve everything that I can. The only way of doing that is by giving 100%."

In the second round, Murray will meet Finn Jarkko Nieminen, whom he beat at the same stage of the French Open this summer despite back problems.