Andy Murray maintains he would have no problem showboating at Wimbledon should the mood take him again after delighting the crowds with his battling 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win AEGON Championships final at Queen’s Club.
Following yesterday’s washout, tournament organisers had made tickets available to the general public – with thousands being snapped up last night and the remainder all quickly sold out to ensure a patriotic atmosphere at the west London venue.
Despite Murray, the 2009 champion and number two seed, falling behind when losing the opening set to the determined Frenchman, the 24-year-old eventually fought his way back into the match to level after a second-set tie-break.
After forging ahead for the first time, Murray, the world number four, grew in confidence and during the closing stages produced an instinctive return through his legs to help close out the final set.
It was a move which initially may have irked Tsonga, but the British number one insists should the mood take him again, he would do the same at the All England Club.
“I enjoyed hitting them, it was good fun. You don’t get a chance to hit them too often, sometimes they come off,” said Murray.
“I was 40-love up in the game, and probably would not have gone for it if it was 30-all.
“I felt comfortable on the court when I went ahead and it was nice to let a bit of something off by hitting that shot because I had been behind for 90% of the match.
“If it works, I will try it anywhere.
“It is not something you think about too much, sometimes guys hit them at the right time, and sometimes at the wrong time.
“It just depends what is going on in your head. I felt like trying to do it and I did.”
Murray had destroyed Andy Roddick en route to the final, and believes he is in good shape, both physically and mentally, heading into the eye of the media spotlight at SW19.
“I am going into Wimbledon with the feeling I am going to win – you can’t go in with any other attitude,” said Murray, who had been hampered by an ankle injury at the French Open.
“I feel I am playing good tennis, I need to work on some things and improve over the next week or so.
“I will need to play my best tennis throughout the tournament [to win] and I will be switched on for the first match.
“I am really looking forward to getting ready for it, because for me it is one of the most important tournaments of the year, if not the most.”
Murray insists he cannot afford to get carried away in all the hype under the expectation of a nation.
“A lot of people think coming up to Wimbledon you have to conserve energy, stay in your house, don’t look at the papers or watch TV – but that is not normal, you just have to prepare exactly how you would for everything else and that is what I am going to do,” he said.