Friday, 13 April 2012

Murray Targets Double Glory

Andy Murray says he wants to make history this summer. He is targeting a Wimbledon and Olympic title double. The tennis player is currently fourth-favourite for the silverware in the Wimbledon odds.

The Scot is yet to win his maiden Grand Slam, despite appearing in three finals. However, he is hoping to make his breakthrough this year at SW19, before going on to win what he considers the fifth Grand Slam at the same venue, later in the summer.

Murray lost in the first round of his only previous Olympics, in Beijing, but he says the experience left a lasting impression on him, and he is now desperate to win at both Wimbledon and the Olympics.

"This summer coming up is going to be huge. Wimbledon and the Olympics would be two of my major goals," Murray said. "The Olympics is different. The feeling you have on the court is completely different; you feel like you are playing for other people, for your country.

"Tennis at the Olympics has become a big deal. Everybody plays it now, whereas, 10-15 years ago, people were skipping the Olympics. Everybody is playing now, a bit like the Slams. No one skips the Australian Open anymore."

The world number four linked-up with eight time major champion, Ivan Lendl, at the start of the season, in an attempt to improve both physically and mentally ahead of the game’s biggest tournaments.

Murray believes this will benefit him on all surfaces, as the veteran Czech has given him the extra confidence and tactical awareness he was previously lacking - especially on clay courts.

"He is confident in the way my game matches up against the other guys on the surface," said Murray. "It is about making sure I am in good shape, getting the tactics right. We'll work on things he has seen in my game that can improve on clay before the French Open.”

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