‘Wimbledon pressure helps me focus better’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jun 2017 09:22:34


 

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THE pressure Andy Murray feels at Wimbledon actually helps him concentrate better, the defending champion has said.


The 2013 and 2016 winner has struggled for consistency this year, failing to win any of his five clay events and making an early exit at the Queen’s Club earlier this month.
Murray, who is the men’s top seed at the All England Club this year, has won eight titles on grass and his Wimbledon win last July was the beginning of a dominant run that took him to the top of the rankings.


“I want to try and win here another time if I can and I think there is a good chance that I could do it if I prepare properly and play well,” Murray told Sky Sports.
“I love playing on grass, it has been my most successful surface in my career and if I could get to three it would be a great achievement.” A third Wimbledon title will put Murray in a group that includes Briton Fred Perry, world number four Novak Djokovic and German great Boris Becker.


“It is nerve-racking, I get very nervous and I feel the pressure before Wimbledon every year,” Murray said.
“There are more demands on your time than other times of the year, but I do feel like the pressure and the spotlight also makes me concentrate more. I do find it stressful but I think it helps me concentrate better.”


Djokovic bumps up to second seed

THREE-TIME champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week’s Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rankings while seven-times champion Roger Federer has also benefited.
The seedings, released by the All England Club on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in the men’s singles with Germany’s Angelique Kerber the women’s top seed.


Wimbledon differs from the other grand slams, in the men’s singles at least, with previous form on grass in the previous two years coming into play to re-order the top 32 in the world rankings—a system agreed by the ATP.
Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is second in the ATP rankings but will be seeded fourth at Wimbledon after a mediocre record there in recent years.


Despite winning the title twice, the 31-year-old has not been past the fourth round since 2011.
Favourite Federer, fifth on the ATP rankings, is seeded third which means he will avoid one of his biggest rivals for the title until the semi-finals.


Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.
Other beneficiaries of the system include Luxembourg’s grasscourt expert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th compared to an ATP ranking of 26. Muller won the recent Den Bosch tournament and reached the semi-final at Queen’s Club last week. Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded 19th. The women’s seeds stick strictly with the current WTA rankings. Romania’s Simon Halep, who could take over the top spot this week if she wins the Eastbourne title, is seeded two.