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Andy Murray ‘doesn’t want to overreact’ after early Queen’s exit


Andy Murray revealed that he does not want to ‘overanalyse’ his first round defeat at Queen’s, that all but ended his hopes of becoming a seed at Wimbledon this year.

Murray was on a 10-match winning streak on grass, having won ATP Challenger titles in Surbiton and Nottingham that had lifted him up to No.38 in the ATP rankings.

However, Alex de Minaur proved too much for the Brit in an emphatic, 6-3 6-1, straight sets victory.

Murray commented on the match,¬†“I don’t want to overanalyse. It’s easy to overreact. I lost to a good player.”

He added, “It’s obviously not the same level of opponents, but I won Nottingham last week without dropping a set. I only lost one set in Surbiton. I was holding serve very comfortably, moving well, hitting the ball good. There are a lot of positive signs there.”

Despite losing in convincing fashion, Murray claims that he still expects to be competing with ‘top players’ at Wimbledon, “You know, and the practices and everything I had before those tournaments too with some good players, top players, you know, I was doing just fine as well. So I’m comfortable with that. I know my level is there to compete with the top players.”

The 36-year-old continued, “But yeah, I just need to, yeah, take a few days and get a good week, ten days’ work in, and sure I’ll be playing well on the first Monday of Wimbledon. You know, obviously grass, there is less players that are probably comfortable on the surface than the clay and the hard courts. ”

“You know, some of the seeded players are maybe not that comfortable on the grass, so there’s some draws that are better than others. There are also guys, I don’t know, like your Jordan Thompson’s and these guys that are not seeded but love the grass courts and it’s their favourite surface.

“So, yeah, see what happens. I don’t know when the draw is done, next Thursday or Friday, but see what happens now.”

Murray also suggested that the pressure of becoming a seed at Wimbledon did not affect his performance against De Minaur, I dealt with it fine the last two weeks. So, yeah, I don’t think it had any bearing on how I played today.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion will learn his fate, when the Wimbledon main draw takes place on Friday 30th June at 10am (BST).

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.

Despite his ambitions to challenge once again in 2023, Murray fell to his worst performance at The Championships last year when he lost in the second round to John Isner.

Here is Murray’s record at Wimbledon over the years:

Win-loss record: 60-12 (83%)

2005 – Third Round

2006 – Fourth Round

2008 РQuarter-final

2009 – Semi-final

2010 – Semi-final

2011 – Semi-final

2012 – Final

2013 –¬†Champion

2014 РQuarter-final

2015 РSemi-final

2016 – Champion

2017 – Quarter-final

2021 – Third Round

2022 – Second Round

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.