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Murray: I couldn't deal with One Direction's fame

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Andy Murray watched on in amazement as stars of One Direction caused a stir at Wimbledon - but the British No.1 is quite happy not to receive that level of attention.

Boyband members Niall Horan and Liam Payne brought the All England Club to a standstill when they rocked up on Centre Court last week, but Murray is content that his place in the celebrity world has remained largely unchanged since winning the title he had craved his whole career.

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"I have a lot of respect for anyone that has to deal with that level of hysteria and fame," Murray said.

"I'm still quite fortunate, I can put a cap on and walk my dogs with [girlfriend] Kim and go relatively unnoticed. I can't imagine what it would be like if every time I left the house there were crowds of screaming fans.

"It must be tough, but then at the same time, if it weren't for those screaming fans then they wouldn't be as huge as they are. So I guess everything comes at a price.

"Off the court, obviously the immediate aftermath of winning Wimbledon was pretty crazy. But it calmed down after a few weeks.

"I still get recognised a lot though. It's safe to say I've been asked for more selfies in the last 12 months than ever before."

Murray has eased into the second week of Wimbledon with straight sets victories over David Goffin, Blaz Rola and Roberto Bautista Agut to set up a fourth-round showdown with South African No.1 Kevin Anderson on Monday.

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