Murray keeps it in perspective



Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:34

The 22-year-old has been seeded third for the event which begins at the All England Club on Monday and his triumph at Queen’s at the weekend has added to the expectation.

“It is good for confidence any time you win tournaments,” he said.

“To win your first event on grass is nice – I had never made a final on grass. Tim [Henman] was a great grass-court player but there are so few tournaments on it. It was probably his best surface but he never won one.

“It is a tough thing to do because you are only playing one or two tournaments on grass a year and all of the best players normally play.”

Murray last night revealed he had pictured himself winning Wimbledon, to help him cope with demanding sessions in the gym.

He told Radio Five Live: “I’ve thought about serving for the title – but the closer you get to a grand slam the less you think about it.

“In the gym is the time I think about those things – to find a reason for putting in the hard work – and when you’re going through it on the running track.

“Sometimes you feel sorry for yourself, you are finding reasons for doing the training. When I get tired and out of breath I think, ‘I’m doing this so I can last long enough in the fifth set of a grand slam’ – focusing on the last point and hoping your opponent misses.”

As for his prospects this year, the Scot added: “At Queen’s I felt more comfortable on grass than I have in the past. I played well there and I feel good. I would love to win Wimbledon one day, there is no question about that, but I try not to think about it too much.”


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