"I'm very happy to be in the final".
That came shortly after he broke down in tears at the Australian Open, saying he thought he would not be able to continue playing if he had the operation.
The 32-year-old made his return to competitive tennis less than five months after undergoing hip surgery that he feared could mean he would never play again, joining Spain's Feliciano Lopez in a double's match at the Fever-Tree Championships.
"I got turned down by one of them", Murray revealed.
Andy Murray has been so pleased with his comeback at Queen's this week that he has raised the prospect of returning to play singles as early as August. I just assume that is because they are focusing on different things.
"I think two should be enough", he replied. "So it's really special".
Murray, who said he felt zero pain in his hip but that his back was stiff and his arm exhausted from serving, said he had not expected to get this far.
"My hip felt great, no pain", the three-time Grand Slam victor announced to the delight of the London faithful.
"It's the physical side of things and sometimes the mental, like the nerves".
"For me, it had been probably five or six years, where after matches I would get some pain and aching and throbbing".
"It doesn't any more and it's brilliant".
Herbert has won all four grand slam doubles titles and, like Murray in the singles in 2016, clinched victory at Wimbledon that year, partnering with Nicolas Mahut.
"They normally play doubles together and I also appreciate if you have aspirations to go very far in the singles it is hard to commit to the whole event as well". "Either I continue with doubles but start training and practising singles through the US Open swing, and then try to maybe play singles after that. I've been rejected a couple of times so far".
'I don't anticipate it would be much longer than that'.