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Murray not worried by left handed puzzle

ESPN staff
July 3, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Andy Murray is not fazed by taking on a left-hander for the first time this year in the shape of Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but will not be taking his opponent for granted.

World No. 2 Murray has made seamless progress to the last-eight and is now just two wins from another grand slam final. He is heavily favoured against a player who has slumped to 54 in the world, but much has been made of it being the first time the Brit has faced a left-hander this year.

Murray's camp sought out Swedish giant Johan Brunstrom to hand him some left-handed practice at Aorangi Park on Tuesday, but it is not something that he feels will be a problem.

"I don't mind playing left-handers," Murray said. "I don't normally mind the way the ball comes off the racket from the back of the court. I grew up playing with my brother so that almost feels a bit more natural to me than a righty. But the serve is what's different and the way you move on the return."

Verdasco has found some form in recent weeks following a couple of torrid years and Murray is aware of the talent the former world No. 7 possesses.

"I lost to him at the Aussie Open a few years ago in the fourth round," Murray said. "He went on to have that great match with Rafa (Nadal) there. He was playing unbelievable tennis.

"He can play well on all the surfaces. It's just the consistency hasn't been there.

"It isn't easy to stay at the top of the game for a long time. It takes a lot of concentration, hard work and focus, also a bit of luck as well.

"He's had a few injuries. He's changed rackets quite a few times. That will have had something to do with it."

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