I really wanted this for Andy today. Partly because he is just too good of a player to never win a slam, but mostly because I really want the media to get off his f'ing back. However it wasn't meant to be as Rafael Nadal defeated his friend to advance to his 5th Wimbledon final. This, of course, means that there will be an awful media firestorm swirling around Andy's head tomorrow, and it also means that Andy is officially Scottish again. (But I'm pretty sure he doesn't mind that.)
Here are some highlights (or lowlights) from his presser:
Q. Could you talk about what it's like to get so far on these big stages and just not be able to push it through to the end?
ANDY MURRAY: It's tough. It's tough. But, you know, I'm giving it my best shot each time. I'm trying my hardest. That's all you can do. So I don't know. It's a difficult question to answer. I can't explain exactly how I feel. I'm disappointed. But normally, like after four or five days ‑ bar after Australia ‑ the last couple years I've recovered relatively quickly from losing because I'm just trying to get better. I feel like I'm playing better tennis than I was last year at this point. I don't know. It's difficult.
Q. Do you ever cry?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I've done it before in front of probably most of the people in here in Australia. But not today.
Q. Does it get easier or more difficult to handle, getting to this stage?
ANDY MURRAY: No idea. I don't know.
Q. You're saying you're going to take a few days, you generally can recover from something like this quite quickly. Can you explain what you'll do over the next coming days and what you can learn from today?
ANDY MURRAY: Work harder than I ever did before. Try and improve my game and get stronger. Be more professional. Yeah, try and learn from what happened today. Yeah, think about the things that I need to improve.
Yeah, that's all you can do. You've just got to work harder than you have done in the past to get better. It's a very tough era I think in tennis. Tennis right at the top of the game is exceptional.
So not only to get level with those guys, but to push past them, you need to work harder than them. That's what I need to try to do.
Q. You said you need to work harder. Do you feel like maybe you don't work hard enough?
ANDY MURRAY: I work hard. Really, really hard.
Q. So what do you exactly mean when you say you feel you should work harder?
ANDY MURRAY: I need to work 2, 3% harder than I do just now and push myself to be the best athlete that I can be. Every week, every month you learn something new in your training, in your matches, in practice, your diet, the gym, the training that you do. I just need to try and get better.
But I work really, really hard, so that's not been the problem. I just need to work a little bit harder, get better.
I love his work ethic, hopefully it WILL happen for him sometime soon.