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Murray told to enjoy being defending champion

ESPN staff
June 19, 2014
Andy Murray lost in the third round of Queen's last week © Getty Images

Andy Murray has been told by his new coach Amelie Mauresmo to enjoy being the reigning Wimbledon champion as he admits he has enjoyed his experience with the former women's world No.1 so far.

Murray warmed up for the defence of his Wimbledon title by beating Tommy Robredo in straight sets at the Hurlingham Club.

Murray defeated the world No.22 6-2 7-6(1) in the Tennis Classic exhibition event as he put behind him the disappointment of losing in the third round at Queen's last week alongside Mauresmo.

After the match against Robredo on Thursday, Murray revealed he is walking into the unknown when he begins the defence of his Wimbledon crown next Monday on Centre Court - but has been given words of encouragement from his new coach.

"I chatted to her about it last night, we had dinner," Murray said when asked how he will deal with being the title holder at SW19.

"As well though it's important at the beginning, when you go out and walk onto the court, to try to enjoy that feeling, because it's something I've never experienced before, it will be a proud moment to come back as defending champion.

"But then when you start playing the match, you need to treat it like any other tennis match, and get down to business and focus on the tactics and what you need to do to try to come through.

"But it's important to try to enjoy experiences like that, because they don't happen often.

"I don't know how it will feel, I have no idea, I'm sure I'll be nervous and will feel some pressure, but I'll try to enjoy it, it's a new experience for me. It's not often that happens now, there aren't many situations I haven't been in, after nine or 10 years on the tour, so that will be nice."

Murray won Wimbledon under the guidance of Ivan Lendl 12 months ago. Although he and Mauresmo did not begin well at Queen's, Murray is pleased with how the partnership is going.

"I've really enjoyed working with Amelie so far, I've really enjoyed being on the court with her," he said. "She understands the game well obviously, she's also been in the position before coming back as defending champion at Wimbledon. She's been very good so far and I've enjoyed it.

"Queen's didn't really count as a tournament that we spent together because she arrived on Tuesday afternoon and I played my first match on Wednesday, and we practised for 30 minutes.

"From her side she's just getting to know me, getting to know the guys that I work with, and how we operate. Then these last few days we've had time on the court, some peace and quiet to work on some things and to try to get ready for the start of the tournament.

"It's important to enjoy practising and having fun on the court with your coach, and that's been the case in the last four days."

Murray, who has been seeded third for Wimbledon behind Novak Djokovic (No.1) and Rafael Nadal (No.2), secured the early break on Robredo's first service game as he dropped just two games in the opening set.

Robredo went a break up at 2-1 in the second set, but Murray immediately replied to level at 2-2.

Robredo then broke for a second time as the Spaniard gave himself the opportunity to serve for the set at 5-4. However, Murray saved three set points as the British No.1 forced a tiebreak.

The opportunity for Robredo to take the match into a third and final set quickly disappeared in the tiebreak as Murray lost just one point to ensure he heads to Wimbledon on June 23 on the back of a victory.

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