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Murray raring to go after Fergie teamtalk

ESPN staff
July 5, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Andy Murray is hopeful an encouraging chat with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will help him finally achieve his ambition of winning Wimbledon.

Murray enjoyed a long conversation with his fellow Scot in the aftermath of his dramatic five-set quarter-final victory over Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, with the legendary manager offering the younger man advice on coping with the heavy pressure he is under at the All England Club.

Murray is hopeful such insights and reassuring words will put him in good stead ahead of Friday's semi-final with the big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz and, if he reaches that stage, Sunday's final too.

"I spoke to him for 15 or 20 minutes after the match," Murray said. "I spoke to him, not so much about the match, but about everything that goes with it.

"He gave me advice on how to handle certain pressures and expectations.

"Getting that sort of advice from someone like him is gold dust so I'm not going to be sharing too much of it."

He added: "Dealing with nerves is a part of the job at this stage of a slam and you can't dictate when they will hit you.

"I don't mind if I'm a bit nervous the day before - it means I'm going to be pumped the next day. I'll certainly need to be sharp from the outset against Jerzy."

The other semi-final sees world No. 1 Novak Djokovic take on former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. Murray believes the Serbian is in pole position to win this week in SW19.

"I think he is the favourite," Murray said. "He's the No. 1 player in the world, he's won here before and he has obviously been on very good form since he's been here.

"He's had some tough matches against some very good grass-court players in the last couple of rounds in [Tommy] Haas and [Tomas] Berdych and he's won those matches fairly comfortably, without too many problems."

With shocks being the reoccurring theme of this year's tournament, however (both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal suffered early exits), the 26-year-old is acutely aware that it would be unwise to take anything for granted.

"I lost to Janowicz last time I played him [at the 2012 Paris Masters] and Novak lost to Del Potro last time he played him [at Indian Wells, over three sets in March]," he noted. "So anything can happen in the semis. I'll be ready for it."

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