The Scot even went as far as to say that other Brits being successful was important to the well-being of tennis because many fans “won’t enjoy watching me play”.
But, while he praised Konta for her achievement in beating France’s Caroline Garcia, he said he didn’t necessarily need another home player to be taking the pressure off him. “I’m still pumped to get out there regardless of whether there’s other British players in the tournament or not,” he said.
Happy with his straight-sets victory over another French player, Benoit Paire, on Centre Court, the No.1 seed said: “That was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball and I felt like I moved well.”
Paire repeatedly tested Murray with drop-shots, making him run, until eventually giving up on the tactic, concluding: “He can run like a rabbit.”
Murray, who’s had trouble with his left hip in what’s been an injury and illness-disrupted season, added: “I’m moving well. I didn’t feel I moved that well against Fabio [Fognini, his previous opponent] but I felt like I moved really good. I certainly feel like I’ve been tested in that department. I’ve been