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Injury not a problem for determined Murray

ESPN staff
July 2, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Andy Murray has insisted he has no concerns over injury as he heads into the decisive final matches of Wimbledon.

Murray, the world No. 2, could clearly be seen expressing some discomfort at points during his ultimately straightforward fourth round victory over Mikhail Youzhny on Monday, creating fears that the back issue that forced him to miss the recent French Open is still a problem.

The Scot dismissed any suggestion injury could force him to withdraw from the tournament at some point before its conclusion; admitting that he is coping with a couple of niggles but it is just a case of managing them correctly.

"Now that I'm playing, there's no chance I would stop unless I couldn't hold the racket," Murray said.

"There's no cause for concern. My back is what it is. It's felt way, way better than it was a few weeks ago [when he pulled out of the Rome Masters].

"There's a few times on the court where you feel things. You just have to find a way of managing those issues and getting through them because a lot of guys have had problems during this slam especially.

"A lot of guys have had trainers on court and what-not. So everyone's got little niggles. You just have to manage them and get through it."

The Scot could potentially play three more matches before the tournament is out, starting with Wednesday's quarter-final meeting with Fernando Verdasco. He will step up his preventative regime in order to avoid any unwelcome fitness surprises.

The 26-year-old added: "I need to make sure I do all the right things, like ice-bathing, having my massage, and taking care of my body.

"Obviously, a few weeks ago I missed the French Open. I don't want it to be a case of things creeping back up on me. I want to take care of my body. It's my main priority this tournament."

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