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Andy Murray calm ahead of Wimbledon quarter-final

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As a man that has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders - to become the first British man to lift the men's singles title at Wimbledon in more than 77 years - Andy Murray seems awfully relaxed or, for a better word, focused.

Murray finds himself up against the unseeded Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals tomorrow and insists he won't crumble under the pressure on Centre Court.

"There's always pressure coming into this event and it builds with each match," he said.

"But I've dealt with it well over my career. I've played well at Wimbledon. It's been consistently my best slam over the course of my career.

"That's partly down to the surface and partly down to me enjoying playing in front of a home crowd and being able to kind of block everything else out. I work extremely hard to give myself the best chance to do well here."

Murray looks a different player on and off the court, having increasingly matured under coach Ivan Lendle in the past year, and is looking more in command of his emotions.

Verdasco is not a player the Scot will take lightly, with him being the first left-hander he has faced the entire year, and he will be desperate to continue the run of shock upsets in this years tournament.

"I think everyone was a bit on edge, a little bit uptight because of what was happening with the injuries, withdrawals, upsets and stuff. I felt a little bit more relaxed over the weekend and even calmer now.

"There's a lot of tough opponents left in the draw. Verdasco's playing very well this week as well.

"He's extremely dangerous when he's on his game. I haven't played a left hander the whole year, which I think is pretty amazing six months into the year."

On paper Murray would appear to have a straightforward route to Sunday's final, but nothing can be taken for-granted this year.

 

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