Andy Murray claims he is ‘playing well enough to beat most players’
Andy Murray appears confident about his chances of a deep run at Wimbledon this year, following a convincing straight sets win in his opening match at The Championships.
Murray beat fellow Brit Ryan Peniston, 6-3 6-0 6-1, with Roger Federer in attendance on Centre Court to make a positive start to his 15th Wimbledon campaign and reflected on his performance after the match.
“I didn’t start the match how I would have liked,” said Murray. “It’s always different conditions playing under the roof. Especially when you consider last few days have been quite cool, pretty breezy outdoors, then playing in those conditions is a bit different.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion continued, “But yeah, as the match went on, unforced errors, I cut them out. I was pretty ruthless at the beginning of the second and third sets.
“There was no sort of dip in intensity or anything. I got ahead early in those sets, did well. So, yeah, I was pleased with everything, apart from the beginning.”
Joining a list of legends ✨@andy_murray becomes the sixth player in the Open Era to claim more than 60 Men's Singles wins at @Wimbledon (now 61), following Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker & Pete Sampras.
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Murray has become famous for his long battles, that was optimised at the Australian Open this year when he played his longest ever match of nearly 6 hours against Thanasi Kokkinakis.
However, the current British No.3 was pleased to get through his first round match at SW19 in quick fashion and seemed confident about his chances going forward.
“I’m playing well enough to beat most of the players, I think, in the draw if I play well,” claimed Murray. “Physically, I feel good. Yeah, physically I feel absolutely fine right now.
“You don’t plan and prepare for the matches that I had earlier this year in Australia or when I played Stefanos [Tsitsipas] at the US Open, or whatever. I hope my matches don’t go on that long. If they do, I’ve prepared well enough to be able to deal with them.”
He added, “You see how you recover physically from them. But I’m not concerned about either of those things. It’s not something that I worry about each day whilst I’m here or in the build-up.”
Murray will play his second round match against either a current top 5 player in Stefanos Tsitsipas or a former top 5 player in Dominic Thiem, with that match yet to be completed due to rain delays.
Andy Murray at Wimbledon
Murray famously ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a home men’s singles champion in 2013, and went onto win the title again in 2016.
Here is his record at Wimbledon over the years:
Win-loss record: 60-12 (83%)
2005 – Third Round
2006 – Fourth Round
2008 – Quarter-final
2009 – Semi-final
2010 – Semi-final
2011 – Semi-final
2012 – Final
2013 – Champion
2014 – Quarter-final
2015 – Semi-final
2016 – Champion
2017 – Quarter-final
2021 – Third Round
2022 – Second Round
2023 – Second Round*
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