Monday 20 November 2017

Wimbledon: Murray aims to keep focus

IT has been 74 years since a British man reached the Wimbledon final, but Andy Murray will not let such thoughts cloud his mind as he prepares to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals this afternoon, WRITES PAUL NEWMAN.

"When I think about Wimbledon and how long it has been since a British winner, it is obviously surprising, a bit shocking too," Murray said.

In the Open era, only two other British men have reached Grand Slam singles finals, but Murray is one win away from playing in his fourth. Bunny Austin was the last to reach the Wimbledon final (1938).

Although Murray has not been thinking over the last fortnight about Britain's long wait for a champion -- "If I did it might not be beneficial, especially at this stage of the tournament" -- he has at other times of the year, especially when visiting an empty Centre Court during a break from practice sessions.

"When I sit out there on the court by myself, I'm thinking about the history and the matches that have been played there, so that I understand how important it is and so I know that when I come here I don't want to waste the chance by playing a stupid match or not acting right or not preparing properly.

"This year has been one of my toughest draws, so I've had to play some of my best tennis to get here," he said. (© Independent News Service)

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