Andy Murray revealed BBC reporter Garry Richardson apologised to him after the interview that followed the Scot’s Wimbledon win against Fernando Verdasco.
Richardson spoke to Murray on live television moments after his five-set victory on Centre Court, and made reference to the famed football dressing-room methods of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was a spectator.
He related Ferguson’s tactics to Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl, and enquired whether Murray might need some tough talking.
Richardson said: “Sir Alex Ferguson was in the Royal Box today watching you. He’s been known to go into the dressing room after matches and give his players a bit of hairdryer treatment. Will Lendl say some things to you Andy to sort of gee you up or do you not need that? Do you know it all yourself?”
Murray answered by expressing pride in how he had managed to come from two sets down to win the best-of-five match.
He said: “I don’t know it all, far from it. But I don’t see why I should get told off after that.
“I tried incredibly hard, chased every single ball down from the first to the last and I came through an incredibly tough match. It could have gone the other way but I found a way through.”
He may not have been impressed by the line of questioning but Murray later suggested the criticism aimed at Richardson on various media was unnecessary.
Murray wrote on Twitter: “Don’t be too hard on garry richardson he had a bad day and he apologised afterwards.”
What could have been a dismal night for Murray ended with him having a long discussion with fellow Scot Ferguson, who was also present in New York last September for his US Open triumph.
The 26-year-old Tweeted: “Got to spend 15 minutes with sir alex ferguson afterwards.. fascinating person... He’s got some great stories.”
He also revealed how he was toasting the win that carried him into the semi-finals, saying: “That was a massive fight out there today, just managed to squeeze through! Lying on my bed treating myself to a milkybar to celebrate...”
The BBC interview was available to watch on the BBC website, however Richardson’s question regarding Ferguson was not included in the footage.