Andy Murray gutted through a five-set match to come back and beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon, and his reward was enduring a horrible interview with BBC Radio 5’s Garry Richardson after his victory.
Richardson asked some asinine questions and suggested that Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl, would chew out his player for his performance. Keep in mind that Murray had just come back from down two sets to none to win the match.
“Is this match a warning to you in any way?” Richardson asked to start the interview.
Murray seemed somewhat incredulous at the notion that Verdasco should not have been a challenge.
“No, it’s not a warning, because I know how good these players are,” Murray said in response.
Richardson then brought up that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the crowd for the match and asked if Lendl would give his player the “hair dryer treatment” in a manner similar to Ferguson.
“Will [Ivan] Lendl say some things to you Andy to help cheer you up, or do you know it all yourself?” Richardson asked in what was one of the most poorly framed questions we have ever heard.
“I don’t see why I should get told off after that,” Murray responded calmly, unaware that he had done something wrong. “I came through in an incredibly tough match.”
Richardson was out of questions at that point, so he settled for making a blunt statement.
“And it is a fantastic achievement to make yet another Wimbledon semifinal. Brilliant for you. Such character.”
“Yeah, it is. It is very difficult to do that,” Murray said in response, somewhat sarcastically.
Credit to Murray for putting up with that clown. I especially enjoyed his “WTF are you talking about?” face: