Top marks for Murray


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:37

Murray advanced to the fourth round with a straight-sets victory over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki on Centre Court on Saturday, and looks in good shape to maintain his bid to become the first British winner of the men’s singles since 1936.

“It was very good, I felt a little bit uncomfortable at the start, it was very different conditions to the other day,” said the world number three. “The clouds came over, it was raining a little bit and quite a lot of wind, but after the first set or so I started to feel more comfortable. I’m very happy with the first week, I got better with every match.”

Asked to grade his performances, the 22-year-old Scot added: “All you have to do is win, I don’t mind if I play terrible as long as I come through.

“I’ll have to give myself an A for coming through the first week, each win is a big one here (but) I’m going to have to play better next week if I want to come home with the title.”

Murray is seeded to meet five-time champion Roger Federer in the final following the withdrawal through injury of defending champion Rafael Nadal, but insisted he was not looking too far ahead.

“I expect a lot of myself,” he added. “If I play poorly I’ll be very disappointed with myself, if I play well I’m going to be happy.

“With Rafa not playing I need to get to the semis for that to make a difference to me and there are still some great players in the draw and I still have some tough matches coming up.

“I know I play (Stanislas) Wawrinka next, my coach always goes and watches the match before me to get tactics right, but I don’t know much further than that.”


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.