London - Andy Murray has warmed up for the start of his Wimbledon title defence with an emphatic victory over Spain's Tommy Robredo at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday.
Murray's preparations for the grasscourt Grand Slam had suffered a
setback when he was surprisingly beaten in the third round at Queen's
Club by Czech veteran Radek Stepanek last week, a defeat that ended his
19-match winning run on grass.
But the Scot looked back in the
groove as he dispatched world number 22 Robredo 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) in the
BNP Paribas Tennis Classic exhibition event.
It was another
pre-Wimbledon boost for the 27-year-old, who heard earlier in the week
that he will be seeded third in the Grand Slam due to his good record on
grass, even though he is currently ranked fifth in the world.
Wimbledon campaign will get underway on Monday when he walks on to
Centre Court as the first British male defending singles champion since
It is certain to be a pressure-packed fortnight for
Murray, especially as his partnership with new coach Amelie Mauresmo
will be closely scrutinised.
Frenchwoman Mauresmo was Murray's
shock choice to replace Ivan Lendl, initially on a trial basis until the
end of the short grasscourt season.
With few other leading men
coached by women, Murray's move has raised eyebrows in the tennis world,
but the Scot is happy to be able to pick the brains of former Wimbledon
winner Mauresmo about the experience of defending the title.
"I chatted to her about it last night when we had dinner," Murray said.
important at the beginning, when you go out and walk onto the court, to
try to enjoy that feeling, because it's something I've never
experienced before, it will be a proud moment to come back as defending
"It's important to try to enjoy experiences like that, because they don't happen often.
don't know how it will feel, I have no idea, I'm sure I'll be nervous
and will feel some pressure, but I'll try to enjoy it, it's a new
experience for me.
"It's not often that happens now, there aren't
many situations I haven't been in, after nine or 10 years on the tour,
so that will be nice.
"But then when you start playing the match,
you need to treat it like any other tennis match, and get down to
business and focus on the tactics and what you need to do to try to come
Murray, who also won the Olympic singles gold medal at
Wimbledon in 2012, says he is relishing his time with Mauresmo after
working without a coach since Lendl quit in March.
"I've really enjoyed working with Amelie so far, I've really enjoyed being on the court with her," he said.
"She understands the game well obviously, she's also been in the position before coming back as defending champion at Wimbledon.
didn't really count as a tournament that we spent together because she
arrived on Tuesday afternoon and I played my first match on Wednesday,
and we practised for 30 minutes.
"From her side, she's just getting to know me, getting to know the guys that I work with, and how we operate.
these last few days we've had time on the court, some peace and quiet
to work on some things and to try to get ready for the start of the
"It's important to enjoy practising and having fun on
the court with your coach, and that's been the case in the last four