Andy Murray to come out swinging at Wimbledon

Murray is looking to win his second Wimbledon crown. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Murray is looking to win his second Wimbledon crown. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Andy Murray gets his Wimbledon campaign under way today and has admitted he can’t afford a slow start like the one he had at the French Open.

The world No 2 needed all 10 sets to get through the first two rounds at Roland Garros and has vowed to be more efficient and ruthless this week in roder to waste as little energy as possible.

Murray said: “My job is to learn from the French Open and one of the things I could have done better there is start the tournament quicker.

“Those first few days were tough psychologically and physically and, although I recovered from it, the [quarter-final] match against Gasquet again was a match where I was 5-2 up in the first, 5-2 up in the second and I ended up being on court for an hour, an hour and 20 [minutes] longer than I needed to if I had just closed out those sets a little bit quicker.

“So that is something I will obviously try to learn from the French and try to start a little bit quicker at Wimbledon.”

Murray is expected to be the main rival to world No 1 Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon title and, according to the Serb’s coach Boris Becker, the only thing that separated the two men in the French Open final three weeks ago was the fact that Murray had spent five more hours on court.

The draw has given Murray the chance to get off to the fast start he craves as he takes on world no 235 Liam Broady today.

It will be the first time he has played a fellow Briton in SW19 and, given that Murray is the second best player in the world while Broady is only the sixth best player in Britain, there ought not to be too many banana skins in the Scot’s path.

But Djokovic, Murray’s projected final opponent on seedings, remains the target and Murray is still not convinced he could have beaten the Serb in Paris – even if he had been as fresh as a daisy.

Murray added: “There was more to the final than just the five hours extra that I spent on the court,” he said. “The year before with Novak, when he lost in the final to Stan [Wawrinka], he played the five sets with me in the semis.

“The match in the quarters before against Rafa {Nadal], psychologically that is also a big match, it can take a lot out of you.

“Maybe [for] Novak in the final that year, that made a slight difference possibly.

“But Novak was better in the final [this year].

“Obviously, to win against him or any of the best players, the fresher you are, the easier it becomes.

“But there is no guarantee that, even if I was fresh, that I would have won the match. The last few sets he did play unbelievably well.”