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Andy Murray sees similarities with himself and One Direction

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Andy Murray is hoping, one way or another, to successfully defend Wimbledon this year, and he knows he can expect a repeat of the "crazy" scenes - similar to those that greet members of One Direction - that followed his 2013 win if he emerges victorious for the second time this Sunday at SW19.

The Briton has already welcomed a whole lost of star names that have flocked to Centre Court to watch his matches. However, despite the visits of David Beckham, Ricky Gervais and Sir Alex Ferguson, none of the cheers have been louder than when One Direction showed their faces.

Niall Horan and Liam Payne made an early appearance at the All England Club to the vociferous excitement of the crowds on-court and on Twitter.

That sort of reaction is nothing new to the former X-Factor contestants as their huge fan-base, which runs into the millions on social networks, has become so large that a television programme was made to follow their obsession over the boys. 

Never one to marvel in crazed levels of attention, Murray revealed he has a new-found respect for the British singers after seeing first-hand the love for the group.

"I have a lot of respect for anyone that has to deal with that level of hysteria and fame," Murray said of One Direction.

Murray himself has just over 2.5 million Twitter followers, as his Wimbledon heroics of last year led to his crowing as Sports personality of the year back in winter. 

The British no.1 claims his profile has risen over the last 12 months, reflected in the volume of 'selfie' requests from fans, but the 27-year-old also admits he can occasionally go undetected in his private life with girlfriend Kim Sears (maybe that's what makes him beautiful). 

"I'm still quite fortunate, I can put a cap on and walk my dogs with [girlfriend] Kim and go relatively unnoticed. I can't imagine what it would be like if every time I left the house there were crowds of screaming fans," he continued.

"It must be tough, but then at the same time, if it weren't for those screaming fans then they wouldn't be as huge as they are. So I guess everything comes at a price.

"Off the court, obviously the immediate aftermath of winning Wimbledon was pretty crazy. But it calmed down after a few weeks.

"I still get recognised a lot though. It's safe to say I've been asked for more selfies in the last 12 months than ever before."

Murray became the first British man in over 70 years to succeed where the likes of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski failed and finally win at Wimbledon, his 2013 triumph came courtesy of a win over Novak Djokovic.

Although tougher challenges lie in wait yet at SW19, the world number five is well placed to repeat those heroics after some stunning displays thus far in London. The third seed is yet to drop a set at the Championships as he continued his progress yesterday with dangerous South African opponent Kevin Anderson.

A quarter-final match against Queen's winner and Maria Sharapova's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov is the next hurdle to overcome and Murray can expect more big-names to cheer him on from the stands and Royal Box.

There's a chance that One Direction could even make a return for the eagerly-anticipated match against Dimitrov this afternoon. Hopefully Murray can enjoy their best song ever on his best night ever. 

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