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Murray: My job to deal with pressure

ESPN staff
June 30, 2013
Andy Murray is looking to win his second grand slam © PA Photos

Ahead of his last-16 clash against Mikhail Youzhny at Wimbledon, Andy Murray has revealed it is his responsibility to 'deal with everything else that goes on around Wimbledon'.

Murray is aiming to become the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to triumph at the Championships, and the 26-year-old has been the focus at SW19 ever since the mantle was passed on from Tim Henman.

The Scot was introduced in the royal box on middle Saturday, to which he received a standing ovation on Centre Court, and he said: "It was a nice feeling."

Murray wants the same level of support he had when he takes to the court for the second week of Wimbledon.

"Normally when you go out there and you are just walking out to the court, you don't really get the chance to enjoy that so much. You're obviously quite nervous and trying to concentrate on the match. Going in as a spectator is a bit different," the US Open champion said.

"So long as when I get on the court everyone is behind me and I get the support going from the beginning of the matches that is all I can really ask for.

"It's my job to deal with everything else that goes on around Wimbledon, but if the crowd is behind me in the matches it definitely helps me raise my game. If they can do that, starting Monday, it will be a big help."

And on his opponent Youzhny - who reached the final of Halle and can sometimes get frustrated with himself in matches - Murray is not taking the Russian for granted.

"It's important to remember those things, especially if you are behind in matches," last year's finalist said.

"There's always a chance you could come back and he might get upset about something, but you can't go into the match banking on that. He can play some great tennis. He has played some of his best tennis in high-pressure matches before, like the Davis Cup, where he has had some big wins, so he can cope with pressure. He does like the grass as well."

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