Ten years on from his Wimbledon debut

Confident Murray happy with Wimbledon preparation



Originally published on 28/06/15

The world No.3 arrives at the All England Club following a record-equalling fourth title at Queen’s and is 41-6 for the season; four of his six defeats in 2015 have come at the hands of world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

Eyeing a third Grand Slam title, and a second at Wimbledon, where in 2013 he became the first British male singles champion in 77 years, Murray says he could not be better prepared for the grass court tournament.

“I feel like I'm coming in to the event as best prepared as I can be,” said Murray, who has won three titles already this season. “Winning gives you confidence. This year I've won a lot of matches – more than I ever have in my career to this point in a season. It's been a good start to the year. I hope I can keep it up.”

Reflecting on his debut in 2005, when as an 18-year-old wildcard ranked No.312 in the world he upset No.14 seed Radek Stepanek to reach the third round, and led former finalist David Nalbandian by two sets to love before falling in five sets, Murray admits things have changed, both on and off the court.

“It was very different for me back then coming into the event,” he said. “There was no pressure, no expectation. I didn’t put any pressure or expectation on myself. I was just glad to be given the opportunity to play here.

“All the attention went from being zero to loads really. I had people following me, photographers and stuff. It was a lot more hectic back then for me away from the court. But on it there was also way, way less pressure.”

World No.3 and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is our cover star ahead of the 2015 Championships as the Scot bids to win a second title at the All England Club. He tells tennishead why he's relishing the prospect of another showdown with world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

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