Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Andy Murray ready for Wimbledon showdown

Tennis player Andy Murray is preparing for his Wimbledon quarter-final match with hopes high for the Scot

Andy Murray is serving for a Wimbledon semi-final spot with hopes of a sporting nation resting solely on his shoulders.

The fist-pumping firebrand has kept the country dreaming of a first men's champion in 74 years by progressing to the latter stages without dropping a set.

His legion of fans were again camping through the night for a prized seat on Centre Court to see the British No 1's quarter-final clash.

After light drizzle, the Wimbledon heatwave is set to return with temperatures hitting 27C (80.6F).

Murray takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga boosted by messages of support from David Beckham.

The former England football captain sent a good luck text to the Scot after his last match.

Murray said he had been delighted by the reception from supporters who cast aside England's World Cup humiliation to get behind him.

"It's so important," said the 23-year-old. "People talk a lot about the pressure and the expectation of playing at Wimbledon but you have that home support, which has made a huge difference to the way that I've played.

"I really, really enjoy it. This year the support's been great. Hopefully it will be the same in the next round."

Murray, who will be cheered on again by mother Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears, has been staying at his Surrey mansion during the tournament. "It just makes you feel more comfortable," Murray added. "When you're on the court, it doesn't make as much of a difference. It's more off it, just having your friends and family around. It's really nice. The rest of the year you don't really get that."

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