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Murray not intimidated by giant Janowicz

ESPN staff
July 4, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

The giant frame of Jerzy Janowicz will hold no terrors for Andy Murray in their Wimbledon semi-final on Friday.

Murray made seamless progress to the quarter-finals, but had to drag himself back from the brink to beat Fernando Verdasco to reach the last-four. Murray says it will be harder for him to recover mentally than physically from his five-set epic, but is confident the extra day's break will enable him to get back on track.

"It might take a little longer than normal for my head to clear after that dramatic quarter-final, but the prospect of a Wimbledon semi-final will get me focused again," Murray wrote in his column on the BBC. "Sleep can be hard to come by when you've just won in five sets on Centre Court and that's where the day off at grand slams is a big help.

It was close to 11pm when I got home and it might have been hard to recover for a match the next day, but here I'm lucky to have 24 hours to get myself back to neutral, do all the right recovery stuff and hit a few balls to freshen up a bit. I'll be fine for Friday."

Up next for Murray is a clash with Janowicz, the first Pole to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon and one of the rising stars of the men's game. The 6ft 8in 22-year-old brings a big serve and powerful groundstrokes to the table, but Murray is not afraid of the challenge.

"I'll certainly need to be sharp from the outset against Jerzy Janowicz, as I have to take every chance that comes my way," Murray wrote. "There's a lot more to his game than people might think - he's got good touch and plays a lot of drop shots - but at 6ft 8in and with a big serve, it's pretty obvious that I will need to return well.

"That's always been one of the strengths of my game. I can remember beating Taylor Dent, who was one of the biggest servers around, when I played on the Tour for the first time at Queen's Club.

"I have very short, compact swings on the return and quite a long reach, and they're two key things when you're returning.

"Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him.

"I won't do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for his serve. I practised with a couple of lefties before playing Verdasco, but when I'm playing righties with a big serve I usually just get Dani Vallverdu, who works as part of my coaching team, to stand up the court and serve at me from there."

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