Fernando Verdasco relaxed ahead of Murray clash

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Fernando Verdasco says that he is more relaxed than ever heading into his quarter-final clash with British hope Andy Murray later today.

Verdasco has been ranked as high as seventh in the world before, but his form over recent times is poor and he has slumped down the number 54 in the rankings.

However, since appointing new coach Ricardo Sanchez he has had a mini resurgence.

“This year in general I have done well. I've not done that well in the big tournaments, but I'm here now in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. I have a mentality that's different to what I had before,” said the 29-year-old Spaniard.

"I feel more relaxed than ever and that helps. It's a tranquillity that I'm responding to well.

"The last two years haven't been good for me and my ranking shows that. It has gone down a lot and I lost a lot of confidence every time I lost in the first round.

"I started questioning myself, I started asking why I couldn't find the form that I had before, but I started training well the week before Madrid, and really since Madrid the feeling has been different for me. I have felt much better.

"In Rome I only lost to (David) Ferrer and in Paris I lost to (Janko) Tipsarevic in five sets so the feelings I have now are the ones I have had in the last five months, they are the best feelings I have had in my career."

Verdasco can also take confidence from the fact that he has beaten Murray in the quarter-finals of a grand-slam before – knocking the Scot out of the 2009 Australian Open at this stage.

Murray, though, has been on superb form throughout these championships and is yet to drop a set.

The pair are due to play second on Centre Court today after David Ferrer takes on Juan Martin Del Potro.


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