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Murray comes through fitness test

Wimbledon: Monday 23 June to Sunday 6 July
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Janko Tipsarevic and Andy Murray
Tipsarevic and Murray played out a close match at Stoke Park

Andy Murray confirmed his fitness for Wimbledon by coming through a tough workout against Janko Tipsarevic.

Murray won the Boodles Challenge match 6-3 5-7 12/10 as he made his return to action after pulling out of the Artois Championship because of a thumb injury.

However, the British number one said the thumb had given him some pain.

"There were a few times when I mishit the ball that I felt the thumb, but I was able to play for around an hour and a half and it felt OK," he said.

"I managed to play some good tennis."

Murray survived match points against world number 40 Tipsarevic in the exhibition match at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

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The 21-year-old gave the crowd a scare when he slipped at the back of the court and lay motionless for a moment, but he was soon back on his feet and, smiling, said "I'm OK".

The Scot will now look to fine tune his game on the practice courts at Wimbledon and he said he was relishing the chance to play at the All England Club next week, having missed out last year because of a wrist injury.

"I will spend most of my time down at Wimbledon now, practising with some of the other guys in the tournament.

"It is about trying to get used to the courts down there, making sure my body is well rested and in good shape for the start of the tournament.

"I have struggled a bit with the movement on the grass a bit this year, I don't know if it the shoes.

"I want to make sure I do not get hurt, but it is tough when you are on the court and keep falling over, it makes it difficult to feel comfortable to chase down every ball, which is something which I normally want to do in my matches.

"I will try and sort it before I start Wimbledon.

"The support you get there is unbelievable playing on Centre Court in front of 14,000 people."


see also
Murray fit to play at Wimbledon
16 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Murray v Gulbis as it happened
12 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon build-up photos
15 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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