Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray to Take Break to Recover; TENNIS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray to Take Break to Recover; TENNIS

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ANDY Murray will take a short break from tennis as he attempts to get over the shattering defeat by Roger Federer that saw his Wimbledon title dreams end in tears.

The Scot was aiming to become the first home player to win the men's singles title for 76 years but could not quite match the brilliance of Federer, who triumphed 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to collect his seventh Wimbledon crown.

Murray broke down in tears several times in an emotional on-court interview, and he admitted it will be a little while before he picks up a racquet again to begin his preparations for the Olympics later this month.

The 25-year-old may head off on holiday for a few days, and he said: "I won't practise until my mind is right. There's no point in going on the court until I'm ready to go out there and learn and work hard and do the right things in the gym and in practice.

"So I'll wait and see how my body recovers after the next few days. I fell a lot of times this tournament. I've got a lot of bruises all over my body. I need to take a few days off, let everything heal, recover, and then see. But I won't be on the court this week, that's for sure."

Murray's pain at losing a fourth grand slam final, and first on home soil, was clear for all to see, and his former coach Miles Maclagan believes it will be a tough defeat for Murray to get over.

He coached Murray to his first two slam finals at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open in 2010, and he said: "It's going to be very difficult for Andy over the next few days. I'm pretty sure he needs some time to emotionally and physically recharge." Murray's run to the final generated a huge amount of interest, with a peak of 16.9million viewers watching Sunday's final on the BBC, while thousands of people queued overnight in the rain to watch on the All England Club's big screen.

The 25-year-old said: "It's been a great, great couple of weeks. I think everyone has handled it very well. From what I've been told, the reaction of all of the press and all of the people that have been watching has been unbelievably supportive and positive. …

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