• Wimbledon, Day Two

Davydenko: We all laugh at 'special' Murray

ESPN staff
June 26, 2012
Andy Murray got back to his feet to turn the tables on Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open © Getty Images

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Nikolay Davydenko has stoked the fire ahead of his Wimbledon opener with Andy Murray on Tuesday, revealing the majority of players on the ATP Tour "laugh" at the Brit's injury woes on court.

Murray was labelled a "drama queen" by former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade earlier this year after the British No. 1 turned in a miraculous recovery at the French Open. Unable to serve effectively or even run in the opening stages of his match with Jarkko Nieminen, Murray recovered to win 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2.

Tommy Haas also waded in on the world No. 4's antics, labelling him a "faker", and there is little doubting that Murray is developing a reputation in sections of the tennis community. Ahead of his bow at the 2012 iteration of Wimbledon, Murray now finds himself under fire from his first opponent, Davydenko.

"We just laugh," Davydenko said in the Sun. "Sometimes he walks on court, he looks tired, like he doesn't want to run anymore, and then he runs like an animal.

"He has done that all his career. He just walks and he's like, 'Ah, I don't want to play anymore'.

"Then he starts returning and running and you see his condition is very good. Maybe it's a special Scottish thing. I know it doesn't matter what he says, he will fight for everything, he will try to win.

"He may have a pain somewhere but if you ask any player they will all say they have pains here and there. Nobody says they are perfect. It's just not possible."

Davydenko also put the boot in to Murray's hopes of walking away with the Wimbledon title in two weeks' time. In the Russian's eyes, the home favourite is not in the same class as the world's top three.

"Murray has reached the Australian Open final but it doesn't look like he has enough to win it," he said. "When you look at Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic they look like different players. I think it's difficult for him to go to that level."

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