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Murray excited for Wimbledon after time away

ESPN staff
June 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Andy Murray will be aiming to win a maiden Wimbledon crown © Getty Images
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Andy Murray believes he has prepared for Wimbledon in the best possible way as he aims to win a maiden crown at SW19.

The British No. 1 overcame Kei Nishikori in straight sets in an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday, and heads to his home grand slam on the back of triumphing for a third time at the Aegon Championships as he aims to go one better at Wimbledon, having lost in the final to Roger Federer a year ago.

Murray skipped the French Open in order to recuperate from a back injury which forced him out of the Rome Masters, and the extra time away from the court has enabled the world No. 2 to fine tune his game on grass.

The draw for Wimbledon is made on Friday, and after his victory on Thursday evening, he said: "I'll rest up over the weekend. Whenever you miss time on the court, especially if you miss one of the big events, you realise how much you miss competing.

"I really enjoyed being back at Queen's. I played well and I'm looking forward to Wimbledon now. It's the first time in a little while that the top four players have been in a slam. It should be exciting."

Murray will return to Centre Court at Wimbledon for the first time since defeating Federer at London 2012 to claim the Olympic gold medal, and the Scot feels the past two weeks have put him in decent shape for a crack at Wimbledon.

"I've had the best preparation I could have had and now I need to play my best tennis. The draw is done [on Friday] and you find out whether you have a left-hander or a right-hander, or someone with a single-handed backhand," Murray said, referring to the possibility of drawing Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals and facing either Federer or world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

"You tailor your practice around that, trying to get a guy who plays like your first-round opponent."

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