Revenge won’t motivate Murray
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:24
The British number one cruised into the last eight with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Victor Troicki on Tuesday, while Verdasco was similarly impressive in defeating Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-2.
Murray suffered Australian Open heartbreak at the hands of the Spaniard the last time they met, with Verdasco edging a five-setter to end Murray’s hopes of a debut Grand Slam title. But, despite that disappointment, Murray is adamant the defeat will not be preying on his mind and said: “It’s not like I’d be going for revenge or whatever.”
He added on Sky Sports: “It’s just another match. He’s obviously played well this year.”
The Scot did not need to be anywhere near his best against the beleaguered Troicki as he wrapped up victory in less than an hour.
The 21-year-old revealed he had gained confidence from his fast start and declared himself content with his performance.
He said: “I played well. I concentrated hard and got my tactics spot on. It’s nice to get off the court quickly.
“He didn’t hit his first serve particularly well and I took confidence from my good start because I hadn’t started that well in my last couple of matches.”