Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray pleased about title defence ‘nerves’

Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray insists that his preparations for the championships have not differed from previous years

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Andy Murray is the defending Wimbledon champion Photo: Back Page Images

Andy Murray believes it is a positive sign that he is experiencing nerves ahead of his Wimbledon title defence.

The 27-year-old Scot will step onto Centre Court at 1300 BST on the first day of the championships on Monday to take on Belgian David Goffin in the first round.

But despite facing the unfamiliar prospect of returning to SW19 as the reigning champion, Murray insists that his preparations have not been notably different to previous years.

This has been my most consistent tournament throughout my career

Andy Murray

“I feel kind of similar,” said Murray. “I feel nervous, which is good. I like that. I don’t feel that different to last year.

“I think if you win a tournament like this, I feel like you get the benefits later in the tournament because you know what it takes and you know how to handle the latter stages of a tournament like this.

“But I think when you come back to a Grand Slam there’s always nerves and pressure there before you start the event. I feel fairly similar to last year.”

Murray, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open, where he was beaten in straight sets by Rafael Nadal, says that he has his nerves under control.

“I think I handled them fairly well,” he continued. “This has been my most consistent tournament throughout my career.

“I haven’t lost before the semis for the first few years. I’d always played pretty good tennis here.

“I maybe could have played a bit better in the latter stages of the event in some of the years. But I feel in terms of handling the pressure, there was a lot of it, and I think I did OK.

“Last year, the final was definitely the most pressure I’d felt in all the years I’d played here. [But] I managed to come through it. I think that comes with age and experience.”

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