• Murray sets sights on Wimbledon title

    6/23/13 6:13 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray sets sights on Wimbledon title World No. 2 Andy Murray will be looking to capture his second Grand Slam title, as grass-court action continues at the Wimbledon Championships. The reigning US Open winner is set to enter the draw as the second seed.

    World No. 2 Andy Murray makes his return to grass-court competition following a championship-winning run in London. The 26-year-old Scot secured his 27th ATP World Tour title after rallying to defeat Croatia’s Marin Cilic in three sets, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

    Murray will be making his eighth appearance at the All England Club, where he reached his first final in 2012. The World No. 2 finished runner-up to seven-time champion Roger Federer, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6.

    “Because of what's happened since (the 2012 final) if I can manage to get myself into the latter stages of the tournament I'd be better equipped to deal with the pressures that go with that,” Murray explained.“The mindset is still similar in that I come in wanting to try and win the event, I've prepared as best as I could.

    “I get very nervous before matches here, but I often feel like that helps me play my best tennis. It maybe helps me concentrate better,” the World No. 2 confessed. “Some people may feel like they make bad decisions on the court or they don't move as well or whatever … I just feel like it makes me focus my mind a bit better.”

    Murray headlines a competitive quarter of the draw that includes: (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (10) Marin Cilic, (14) Janko Tipsarevic, (20) Mikhail Youzhny, (22) Juan Monaco, (31) Julien Benneteau and (32) Tommy Robredo.

    Other players in the same section are David Goffin, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Fernando Verdasco, Xavier Malisse, Tobias Kamke, Lukas Lacko, Rajeev Ram, Marcos Baghdatis, Viktor Troicki, Robin Haase, Nicolas Mahut, James Ward, Yen-Hsun Lu and Ernests Gulbis.

    The closest seed to Murray is (32) Robredo, who looms as a possible third-round opponent. Further progress through the draw may set a round of 16 clash with (14) Tipsarevic or (20) Youzhny and a quarterfinal match with (6) Tsonga.

    Should the Scot reach the latter stages of the event, he faces a possible semifinal showdown with seven-time champion Roger Federer or two-time winner Rafael Nadal, and a potential championship final encounter with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

    “I have no issue with the seeding. I'd rather Rafa and Roger were on the other side of the draw, but they're not. Hopefully I'll be able to put myself in a position where that becomes relevant, because that would mean getting to the semifinals, and I'd love to be there.”

    Murray is scheduled to begin his run against German veteran Benjamin Becker.

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" I'd rather Rafa and Roger were on the other side of the draw,"

I bet you would, snaggletooth.

pennster , 6/23/13 8:01 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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