Having combed through all of Serena Williams' and Andy Murray's media blitz interviews after they won their respective U.S. Open titles, I have to say that Murray's 20-minute sit down with Charlie Rose is, for substance, the best.
Because if we're not talking substance I think we can all agree that Serena karaoke-ing on Fallon wins 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.
The interview covered a range of topics including the sacrifices his parents made for him and his brother Jamie, his deep respect for Novak Djokovic, and an interesting discussion regarding the evolution of his game over the years.
Below are my five favorite quotes from Andy's tete-a-tete with Charlie Rose.
• "My opinion of [Djokovic's] game is that he's so consistent. He's like a wall. He's so fast around the court. He reaches every single ball. I'm not quite as flexible as him, I don't reach as many balls as him. I play with a little more variety. I try to change the pace of the ball a little bit so I don't give my opponent the same shot in a row. Some in club tennis would call it "junk".
• "I try to anticipate the ball well. That's something that's helped me since when I was a kid. Just learning to anticipate and read the game well. That's helped me. When I moved over to Spain and I was 15 I was playing with big guys who were 22 years to 28 years old and I was 15 so I couldn't beat them with power. I had to beat them with touch shots and variety and anticipation and all of those things. I learned a lot when I was over there."
• "In the past when I was younger I would play too far behind the baseline and be a bit passive because I was quick enough to get to a lot of balls. I would play defensively and rely on speed to win matches. Ivan [Lendl], when I spoke to him before we started working together, he said you need to go for it. You can't sit back and let these guys dominate you and dictate you. It's not fun. It's painful on the body and you need to make them do some of the running as well. So that's what I tried to do."
• "[Roger Federer] plays with a very loose racket. So the tension of his racket is very low so he doesn't need to swing as hard at the ball as some of the other guys because it comes off his racket a lot quicker. he plays very close to the baseline, he has very classical technique. He just looks good when he's on the court."
• "The brute force that Rafa [Nadal] plays with and the intensity that he has from the first point through to the last. He's one of the best competitors I think that tennis has ever seen and probably won't see for a while. He's like a Jimmy Connors, I think. That sort of energy and enthusiasm every time he steps on the court."