• Wimbledon, Day Nine

Murray: I don't want preferential treatment

ESPN staff
July 3, 2012

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Andy Murray says he is happy to play on Court One after he dodged the showers to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with victory over Marin Cilic.

"I honestly don't care which court I play on. It makes no difference but obviously every player would rather be on Centre Court because you know you are going to get your match in regardless of the weather. I don't think I deserve to play every match on Centre Court. It's just annoying when the weather is bad. I haven't always dealt with rain delays that well in the past, so it's good experience for me. Probably from now on I will play on Centre so it won't be a problem.

"We stopped obviously a lot. You're always a little bit edgy when you come out after a rain delay when you have the momentum with you. You stop, and then you come back out, and it feels a bit like you start from scratch again. I needed to serve well today and I got a lot of free points that helped me out."

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said it was only fair that Andy Murray had his turn on Court One: "Andy has to have a turn on number one court. He was scheduled on No. 1 yesterday. Once you've started a match on a court, you ideally finish it on that court. That's a protocol that is pretty much understood around the world."

Murray faces David Ferrer in the last eight after the Spaniard dispatched Juan Martin Del Potro and the No. 7 seed will be hoping to play under the Centre Court roof again: "Today was one of my best matches (on a grass) court. But I'm not sure if is my best or not. At Wimbledon, there is a lot of wind. On an indoor court, under a roof, it is easier to play. The ball does not move and this is more comfortable for us."

Del Potro was gracious in defeat but insisted he would not change his aggressive tactics as the consistent Ferrer triumphed: "You have to congratulate him for his consistency throughout the match. There were long and even points and generally the one attacking was me. He who takes more risks has more chances of failing but it's the only way. He played very well. When he's on that form it's difficult to beat Ferrer and the rest of those who are (ranked) above me."

Serena Williams was full of the joys of spring after defeating defending champion Petra Kvitova: "She's been playing so well on grass. I had absolutely nothing to lose. I have absolutely nothing to lose so it's really fun. I'm having the time of my life out here and enjoying every moment. It's exciting."

Kvitova admitted Williams was difficult to break down: "It is [really] difficult. I can't say impossible. She's human. Yeah, I think that's why she's the great champion, because she knows what she needs to play in the important points."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was philosophical following his four-set victory over Mardy Fish: "You know, sometimes in tennis - I mean, not sometimes but all time - when you play against an opponent, if the opponent play well you look like you play bad, but you don't play bad, I mean, just because your opponent is better than you at this moment. When you play Rafa on clay you feel like you never play on clay before."

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