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Murray insists build-up was normal

ESPN staff
July 3, 2014
Andy Murray says he has a lot of hard work ahead of him © PA Photos

Andy Murray says the build-up to his defeat by Grigor Dimitrov was normal and insists he can become Wimbledon champion for a second time.

Despite the disappointment of going out in the quarter-finals and failing to defend his title, the British No.1 has countered claims something out of the ordinary affected his performance.

Dimitrov said he sensed something was wrong in the warm-up of his straight sets win against Murray on Wednesday and the Scot was heard to mutter expletives while on court.

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Andy Murray lost to Grigor Dimitrov © PA Photos
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"There was nothing different in the build-up and no reason to expect that kind of performance," Murray told the BBC. "The timings changed a bit because we played the quarter-final pretty early compared with some of my other matches, but my routine was the same and I practised with James Ward both days.

"I was nervous, I felt the butterflies and was excited about the match, but that's perfectly normal. I didn't feel overcome by the moment, but I certainly wasn't very good when I got out on court. I made a bad start and I think that gave him confidence, and then there were just too many errors from me.

"This year's Wimbledon has shown me that I need to improve my game and work very hard in the coming months, both on and off the court, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"To be introduced as the Wimbledon champion for a year was a great experience - it's something no-one will ever take away from me."

In the picking over of Murray's defeat, there has inevitably been a focus on his relationship with new coach Amelie Mauresmo, although he sounded content with the work they had done since the start of the tournament.

"The frustrating thing for me is that the kind of form that won me Wimbledon and the US Open doesn't feel that far off," Murray said.

"Now it's about regrouping and working out what I need to do to get back to my very best. I'll sit down Amelie and decide how we're going to take things forward. I plan to be back on the practice court and in the gym soon.

"Hopefully I will be back at Wimbledon next year after 12 months of hard work and be in a position to challenge for the title again. Centre Court is a special place and I truly believe I can have some more great moments out there."

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