LONDON - Andy Murray revealed on Monday he came to terms with his heart-breaking Wimbledon final defeat by Roger Federer by returning quickly to Centre Court to privately reflect on his nightmare loss.
Murray was beaten by Federer in four sets in the title match two weeks ago, shattering his hopes of ending Britain's 76-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion.
Such was his disappointment he collapsed in tears during a live television interview, instantly winning over fans who had previously been put off by his stony-faced demeanour.
"I actually went on a few days after the final and sat on the court for a little bit, but it was nice coming back," said Murray.
"There was a good vibe and now it's time to look forward to the Olympics.
"You don't look back really, you try and look forward and, like I say, this event is the perfect motivation to get over Wimbledon and get ready for it.
"You've got the Olympics and then three weeks after you have the US Open, so it's a really important time of year. You need to move on quickly, get on the practice court and do some work."
Murray practised with world number two Novak Djokovic at the All England Club on Monday and also took part in the Olympic torch relay which made its way around the famous complex in south-west London.
His role was to pass the torch to American star Venus Williams.
"She's a great player, obviously one of the best. She's won five times here and knows this place really well. It's nice to pass it over to her," said Murray.
"She has very long braided hair and she was saying she was a bit worried about catching it on the flame.
"It was unbelievable to carry the torch. I was trying to jump the steps but with this in your hand it's quite difficult."
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