Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at the All England Club two years ago, the perfect riposte after succumbing to Roger Federer in the 2012 final.

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the winners trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 7, 2013. (Reuters)

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Mourinho, a keen tennis fan, was a regular fixture in the crowd at Queen’s Club this week as Murray warmed up for the latest edition of Wimbledon with a record-equalling fourth title.

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

"For sure, 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 ten 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."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (R) sat in the stands

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The 52-year-old also stopped for a photo and a chat with the world number three – a moment which brought pride to Murray’s mum Judy, and provoked mild ire from his brother Jamie.



Mourinho declined to predict the outcome of Wimbledon, but his comments suggested he would be supporting Murray’s quest for a second title.

"For sure it was the best day in his career, and I shared that happiness from where I was – and let’s see if he can do it again," he added.

"The big guns are all there. He’s one of them, but all of them will be fighting for a magic moment."

Mourinho’s kind words came in the same week that Murray declared his admiration for the former Porto, Inter and Real Madrid manager.

"Jose Mourinho has said one of the things he admires about tennis players is that, unlike footballers, they have nowhere to hide," Murray wrote in his BBC column.

"That was certainly the case the last time he watched me play, at the ATP Finals in November when I lost pretty quickly to Roger Federer [a 56-minute 6-0 6-1 defeat].

"Thankfully I was in much better form against Gilles Muller at Queen's Club on Friday and afterwards I spent a few minutes with Jose, just chatting about what the two of us are up to and taking a few photos.

"Jose is certainly a winner. I think he's very loyal to his players and he protects them well from criticism if they haven't had a great performance.

"I'm sure that behind closed doors he's very demanding and hard on the players if they're not doing what he wants, but in public he's very supportive of his players. He doesn't blame them for defeats."

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