Beaten Murray won’t panic over Wimbledon
World number four Andy Murray is adamant the shock end of his reign as Queen’s champion won’t damage his chances of winning Wimbledon.
Murray had won the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club twice in the last three years and he arrived in west London hoping for another extended run on the grass courts.
But the Scot produced an error-strewn display that allowed France’s Nicolas Mahut to complete a 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 second round victory on Wednesday.
It was the worst possible preparation for his latest assault on the Wimbledon title, but Murray, who has struggled with a back injury in recent weeks, remains confident he will be able to mount a strong challenge at the All England Club.
“Oh, it’s panic stations. I’ve just got no chance to be ready for Wimbledon now. It’s going to be impossible,” he said with a wry smile before providing a serious assessment of his form.
“These result often happens. (Novak) Djokovic isn’t playing the next two weeks, so there is no need for me to panic,” he said.
“I don’t think it all went wrong. It was a very close match and it takes a bit of time to adjust to the grass courts. I just need a few more days to get my movement right, and then I’ll play better.”
Murray also hit back at criticism from Tommy Haas.
The German veteran this week claimed the British number one exaggerates injuries on court in a bid to change the momentum of matches if he isn’t playing well.
“In the time I have been on tour I’ve been called many, many things from my personality not being exciting enough. I have been called boring,” Murray said.
“It’s something that kind of goes hand in hand with playing sport. People criticise you regularly but I don’t care for his (Haas) opinion.”