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Murray not worried by pre-Wimbledon slump

ESPN staff
June 24, 2012
Andy Murray is confident he will be at his peak at Wimbledon © Getty Images

Andy Murray says his poor grass-court form heading into Wimbledon is of no concern, insisting his biggest focus is ensuring he peaks for the grand slams.

Since losing in the quarter-finals of the French Open, the world No. 4 has endured a difficult time on the grass, losing all three matches he has played on the surface leading up to Wimbledon.

Murray was the reigning champion at Queen's but his defence lasted only one match as he was dumped out by Nicolas Mahut, before the Scot went on to lose both the exhibition matches he played at The Boodles tournament in Buckinghamshire.

Undeterred, however, Murray says his confidence is high as he embarks on ending Britain's long wait for a men's singles champion at the All England Club.

When asked what to make of his recent results, he said: "We'll see when the tournament starts. The match at Queen's is the one I would look at. It was a close match that I lost there. The exhibition matches, the result is completely irrelevant.

"Practice has been good, though. I've trained well. Each day I've felt a bit better on the grass. Hopefully I'll feel good on Tuesday."

Murray kicks off his SW19 campaign with a potentially tricky first-round encounter against former world No. 3 Davydenko, who is currently ranked No. 47, on Tuesday. The Scot, who reached the last-four of grand slams five times in a row before his quarter-final defeat to David Ferrer at Roland Garros earlier this month, says he will raise his level as he tries to become the first British male to lift a major since Fred Perry in 1936.

Murray said: "I always feel good going into the slams, especially the last few years, because that's what I've been trying to peak for and trying to play my best tennis at.

Sometimes I might not have played my best in other tournaments because of it. I need to do a better job of trying to play my best all the time throughout the year."

Murray, meanwhile, has moved to silence the critics who have questioned the severity of an on-going back injury. Virginia Wade called him "a drama queen" at the recent French Open, while John McEnroe suggested the problem may be more of a mental issue than a physical one.

"If someone is going to say to me that my back injury is not genuine, they can come see my reports from the doctors, they can see the pictures of a needle about eight inches long in my back," Murray told the Independent. "I'm not accepting it any more because it's not fair.

"A lot of people have suggested that it hasn't been genuine, but I've a genuine injury, a genuine back problem. It's not a mental thing. Often when things do start to get better, for a little while you can be over-sensitive in that area and think, 'Oh, is that maybe right? Is that not right?' or whatever. But with my back problem, it's certainly nothing that's mental. It's something that's there."

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