الأحد , مايو 16 2021

Murray ready for second-week pressure

Andy Murray says he is relishing the pressure as he heads into the second week of Wimbledon and a meeting with 20th seed Kevin Anderson on Monday.

The Briton, seeded third, will continue his title defence against the 6ft 8in South African in the second match on Centre Court at about 15:00 BST.

Day seven of the Championships will see the majority of men’s and women’s fourth-round singles matches played.

But Saturday’s rain delay means Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not play.

The former champions both had time to complete

third-round victories on Saturday,

but three men’s and two women’s matches are still to be finished, meaning the bottom half of the men’s draw will now play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nadal said the scheduling “cannot be perfect”, but added playing twice in as many days was “not good”.

Murray, though, has no such concerns. He has not dropped a set in three rounds and has extended his winning run at the All England Club to 16 matches, stretching back to London 2012.

Playing in his ninth Wimbledon, and having

ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a male champion

last year, the Scot is well used to the expectation that surrounds him at SW19.

“I enjoy pressure,” he said. “I like feeling nervous. I’m not scared of that feeling. I felt like I played my best tennis when I’ve been under pressure.”

Murray has played Anderson twice, winning handily at the 2010 Australian Open before losing heavily in Montreal the following year.

With 63 aces in his first three matches, Anderson poses an obvious threat, but there are plenty of faster servers and Murray is among the best returners in the game.

“I don’t change loads,” Murray said of his tactics.


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“The only thing that’s different is my return, because he’s obviously serving different angles at different heights, so the ball’s bouncing up much higher.”

Anderson, 28, is hopeful a back problem that required treatment during his five-set win over Fabio Fognini on Friday will not be an issue after a weekend off.

“It was weird,” said the world number 18. “I think I was a little nervous going out, my first time being in this position at Wimbledon, and I just got a little stiff and it affected the serve warming up.

“The more nervous I got, the worse the back felt. Fortunately it settled down. It wasn’t a factor.”

Murray, 27, has spent just five hours on court over three matches, compared to seven hours for Anderson.

“I think that’s a positive,” said Murray. “You can lose a Slam in the first week by playing three five-set matches or two five-set matches.

“They do take their toll a little bit.”

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