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Murray: Wimbledon pain will fuel Olympic push

ESPN staff
July 9, 2012
Andy Murray was beaten by Roger Federer on Sunday © Getty Images

Andy Murray is using the dream of Olympic gold to help him get over his Wimbledon heartbreak.

Murray was beaten in the Wimbledon final by Roger Federer on Sunday - the fourth time he has fallen at the final hurdle of a grand slam.

But the Scot has the chance to exorcise the demons of that defeat when he returns to the All England Club later this summer at London 2012.

"I have played well this year. If I can take the positives and combine them with the lessons we'll learn from Sunday, I'm extremely confident I'll do well at the Olympics, the US Open and beyond," Murray said in his BBC Sport column.

"Another plus has been the contribution of Ivan Lendl since taking over as my coach in January. He is a massive help, especially when it comes to keeping cool, dealing with high-pressure situations and managing tough moments during important matches.

"He's made a big difference in the way I prepare for the majors, which is something I felt I needed or was maybe missing. Things are going in the right direction, but there's much more to come.

"Hopefully we'll start to see that when I come back to Wimbledon for the Olympics. Sunday was painful, but the prospect of attempting to win a gold medal is already spurring me on."

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