Murray cautious over Wimbledon chances


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:33

Murray was a 7-5 6-4 winner against his American opponent to become the first British player to win at Queen’s for 71 years.

It would seem to be the ideal preparation for the grand slam in SW19 later this month, but with the prospect of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer standing in his way the Scot told BBC Sport: “I’m a long way from winning Wimbledon. I feel confident but I try not to get too far ahead of myself before I’ve played my first match there.”

He added after his victory: “If I play my best like I have this week I’ve got a chance, but two of the greatest players of all-time are going to be there and it will be tough to get past them.”

Murray was pleased with his form but admitted he had been nervous after hearing how long it had been since the last British champion at Queen’s – Bunny Austin in 1938.

“Some weeks it happens and this week I was playing well. When I had my chances I managed to take them but I was quite nervous today” he said.

“They were telling me yesterday that no-one had won here for 70-odd years so that got the nerves going, especially when I was serving for the match.”


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