Mourinho: I cried when Andy Murray won Wimbledon

Mourinho: I cried when Andy Murray won Wimbledon
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Published June 21st, 2015 - 13:22 GMT via

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He may have gained a reputation as a man of stone on the touch line, but it seems there are situations that reduce even Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to tears.

The Special One has revealed he could not contain his emotions when Andy Murray triumphed over long-time rival Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final, ending Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion at the prestigious tournament.

"I have to say I had a couple of tears for Andy when he won Wimbledon," Mourinho told the Aegon Championships Tennis Podcast in association with The Telegraph.

"It was something that obviously meant more than anything in his career. I could imagine it was something from another world. I don't think he would change the Wimbledon victory for another 10 victories in other Grand Slams.

"It's more than the game, it's more than a tournament. He has broken the psychological wall that was there for every British person that loves the game. I think that for sure it was the best day in his career and I shared that happiness from where I was."

Fresh from claiming Chelsea's first Premier League title in five years, Mourinho has been unwinding by watching the exploits of Murray and others at this year's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club.

The Portuguese says he is full of respect for the mental strength elite tennis players have to show to claim major tournaments. "In tennis they take penalty shootouts all day," he added.

"Every point is a tough decision so they have to be really strong. I always say that in my sport sometimes we hide behind each other, we can always find excuses in success and in failure and in this way tennis is phenomenal because you have to be really strong."

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