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Murray admits consistency is key


Tim Henman chats to Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon 2008

Britain's Andy Murray concedes he will have to find consistency if he is to go deep into the draw at Wimbledon.

The 21-year-old, the world number 11, has never gone beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 10 attempts.

"I showed by my results against a lot of the top guys that I can definitely win against them," said Murray, who is likely to open his campaign on Tuesday.

"But it's different to do it for seven matches in a row. It's about being consistent through the fortnight."

Murray's last visit to Wimbledon two years ago proved his point.

He produced a dazzling performance to knock out two-time finalist Andy Roddick before suffering a lacklustre defeat by Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round.

You don't want to be playing your best tennis at the start of the tournament

Andy Murray
He missed the 2007 Championships with a wrist injury but has recovered from a thumb problem to compete this year and will face Fabrice Santoro in the first round.

The Scot is hoping his greater experience will mean he plans his tournament more effectively.

"Playing in a Slam is completely different to the other tournaments because of the days off, managing your time on those days off and knowing exactly the best thing to do.

"I think the older you get and the more experience you get of playing in Slams, you learn what you like to do and what works best. All of those things kind of add up," he added.

"In terms of being on court, you don't want to be playing your best tennis at the start of the tournament but you want to make sure you're playing at a high level so you don't get taken into too many tough matches early on."

Murray reached the quarter-finals at Queen's but was forced to pull out of his match against Andy Roddick with a thumb injury.

However, he recovered sufficiently to play an exhibition match and has spent the last few days at Wimbledon fine-tuning his preparations.

"The courts are a little bit faster than previous years, which is good," he said.

Murray also revealed that in light of problems he has been having with keeping his footing on grass, he could elect to change his footwear.

"I am going to be trying out a couple of different shoes," he confirmed.

"I was playing with one type at Queen's and Boodles, I am going to try some different ones on Friday and see how they are, aiming to find the best pair before I start Wimbledon."

see also
Murray set for Wimbledon return
18 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Murray fit to play at Wimbledon
16 Jun 08 |  Tennis
The Murray machine
07 Aug 07 |  Tennis

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