• Wimbledon

Murray using Tyson as motivation

ESPN staff
July 6, 2012
Andy Murray is chasing a place in a fourth grand slam final © PA Photos

Andy Murray is taking inspiration from boxing ahead of his Wimbledon semi-final, admitting he must turn fear into a positive as he bids to reach his first final at SW19.

The fourth seed will attempt to become the first British male player in a Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938 when he clashes with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four on Friday.

With expectations rising and the pressure on Murray to break his grand slam duck growing, the Scot revealed how turning to athletes from other sports is helping him to acquire the mental toughness needed to succeed at the very top.

Former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson joined his camp for his quarter-final victory against David Ferrer, while Murray also pinpoints Mike Tyson's winning mentality as something he is trying to imitate.

"I like talking to other athletes, especially individual athletes, because the mindset is similar to that of a tennis player. I know quite a few boxers and I've spoken to them at length," he told the BBC.

"It's a bit different because they prepare for three months to fight one opponent, watching videos of the guy and training specifically for that bout.

"But there are certain things you can take from that sport. Above all else, they leave no stone unturned in their preparation. You can't necessarily do it to the same extent in tennis, but I try.

"Mike Tyson has said he often walked to the ring petrified he might lose, but as soon as he stepped in there he thought nobody could beat him, he felt invincible. Those are the sort of things I try to draw from a little, and hopefully that helps me against Tsonga because it will be a tense battle, it always is against him."

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