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Andy Murray: Connery and Fergie crash media conference

  • 9 September 2012
  • From the section Scotland

Two of Scotland best-known figures made a surprise appearance at Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray's post-match news conference in New York.

007 actor Sir Sean Connery and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson turned up after Murray won his US Open semi-final on Saturday night.

Connery said: "Excuse me for interrupting", as Murray answered a question.

He then introduced Murray to Ferguson and they posed for photographs.

Murray's mother Judy joined the trio and blamed Sir Alex for making her drink after her son complained she smelled of wine.

Sir Alex replied: "Hands up, I did."

Connery and Ferguson, who had never before met Murray, had watched him beat Tomas Berdych to reach his fifth Grand Slam final.

He came from behind in windy conditions to win a rain-delayed match 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9-7) in three hours 58 minutes.

He will face defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spain's David Ferrer on Monday after the schedule was put back by a day because of poor weather.

James Bond fan

During the impromptu appearance at the press conference Sir Alex explained that he had been to the New York tournament for the past three years.

He said he had been explaining to Murray's mother "how Scotland invented the world".

"Today we invented the wind," he said.

Connery added: "Today they conquered the world!"

Then Ferguson said to Murray: "Continue your interview. You know I don't talk to journalists."

World number three Murray said afterwards: "I'm a huge James Bond fan and I love football as well.

"Sir Alex is one of the most successful managers of all time and both of them are from Scotland, so to have them both here was very nice.

"They are going to be here for the final as well so I hope I can do it for them both."

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