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I'm in great shape for shot at Wimbledon glory, says Andy Murray

By Tom Allnutt

Published 21/06/2016

Confident: Andy Murray says he feels in great form going into Wimbledon
Confident: Andy Murray says he feels in great form going into Wimbledon

Andy Murray admits he has never gone to Wimbledon in a richer vein of form after the Scot beat Milos Raonic to seal a record fifth title at Queen's.

Murray came from a set and a break down against the big-serving Canadian to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-3, moving ahead of four-time Aegon Championships winners like Andy Roddick, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe in the process.

The victory also tees the Scot up perfectly for Wimbledon in six days' time, where he will start as second seed and the greatest threat to world number one Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, the current holder of all four grand-slam titles, has beaten Murray in both the Australian and French Open finals this year but with new coach Ivan Lendl back by his side, the British number one is poised for another challenge.

His form is excellent, having reached four consecutive tournament finals - in Madrid, Rome, Paris and London - for the first time in his career, and Murray admits he feels well-placed to net more honours.

"I probably haven't done that before so that's again a good sign," Murray said.

"I hadn't thought about it but it's a sign things are going in the right direction the last few months.

"Even in Monte Carlo, I was pretty close to reaching the final there too.

"But I am giving myself chances every week right now and winning a lot of matches.

"It's been a good three months or so and I need to try to keep that up between now and the end of the year."

• MARIA Sharapova's attorney has called on World Anti-Doping Agency president Sir Craig Reedie to apologise to the suspended tennis player.

Sharapova has been banned by the International Tennis Federation until January 26, 2018 after she tested positive for meldonium at this year's Australian Open. She is appealing the decision.

Speaking in London on Monday, Reedie said: "I suspect that we probably punch pretty well above our weight when it comes to the amount of work that is achieved and the successes that are achieved on a budget of less than $30m a year.

"For me the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova's case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of Wada's budget put together."

John Haggerty, Sharpova's lawyer, replied: "The statement made today by the WADA president is unprofessional," he said.

"Justice, whether in the eyes of Wada or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player's earnings."

"Mr Reedie owes an apology to Maria and to all successful tennis players."

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