Murray ready for London test


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:56

Murray was drawn with world number one Roger Federer, US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in Group A for the showpiece event at the 02 Arena in London.

“In my group Federer is the best in the world, Del Potro has won the US Open and Verdasco has just had his best season to date. There are no easy matches regardless of what group you’re in,” the world number four said.

“At the end of your career you’re remembered for grand slams, but to win something like this, you have to beat five of the best players in the world in consecutive matches if you want to lift the trophy, which is a very difficult thing to do.

“You might even have to beat a Federer or a Nadal twice, so it’s a very tough thing to win.

“Obviously I look forward to playing Roger. I’ve played Juan a few times on the tour recently and also had a close match recently with Verdasco indoors in Valencia (which he won on his way to a sixth title of the year).

“It’s a tough group but if I play well I think I have a good chance of qualifying.”

Group B features Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Soderling.

Soderling initially failed to qualify for the prestigious eight-man event but was handed a place when Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick was forced to pull out through injury.


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