Murray confident of Wimbledon chances
Originally published on: 13/06/10 12:15
Andy Murray has refused to dampen his expectations for Wimbledon following his third-round exit from the AEGON Championships.
Defending champion Murray tumbled out of Queen’s with a 4-6 6-1 6-7(2) defeat by American Mardy Fish to put a dent in his preparations for SW19, which begins on Monday week.
The 23-year-old Scot is considering whether to take part in an exhibition next week to increase his time on grass and hopes he will be at full throttle for Wimbledon.
“I’d have liked to have had a couple more matches, but I’ve gone into Wimbledon in previous years and played well despite not having played many games,” he said.
“Whether everybody thinks I’m going to win Wimbledon or not, I’ll try my best to win. I have a chance of doing it if I play very well.”
He added: “I haven’t been playing my best lately but my game is still there. My tennis is there. I just need to make sure I find my best in time for Wimbledon and that’s where it’s most important for me to play well.
“I’m sure that come Wimbledon I’ll be doing a lot better than I was here having had 10 days more playing on the surface.
“My expectations of myself are high and every year I say the same thing.”
World No.1 Rafael Nadal was stunned 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 by countryman Feliciano Lopez but the Spaniard saw the defeat as beneficial to his preparations for Wimbledon.
“I will know in one week if I’m ready for Wimbledon. I’m ready to go home and enjoy some time with my friends and family,” said the French Open champion. “I haven’t spend a week at home since March so it will be a positive thing for me to be there and enjoy the Mallorcan weather.
“Sure it was disappointing to lose but at the same time being at home next week will give me great motivation for Wimbledon.
“I won’t practice this weekend, maybe I’ll play some golf and watch the World Cup.”