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Tennis

Murray ready for Rafa at Wimbledon
The Guardian
London, June 18, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(18/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:26 IST(18/6/2013)

Andy Murray says he is not fazed by the possibility of playing Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. The focus of Friday’s singles draw is guaranteed to be where Nadal falls, with the two-time champion expected to be seeded No 5.

Although the All England Club does not stick completely to the world rankings, its formula to give extra weight to results on grass will not help Nadal given his second-round Wimbledon exit last year. The Spaniard won an eighth French Open title this month but dropped to No5 in the rankings because his countryman David Ferrer improved on last year’s performance by reaching the final at Roland Garros.

Murray, who on Sunday won the Aegon Championship for the third time, will be seeded No2 but may face the nightmare scenario of a quarter-final against Nadal, a semi-final against the defending champion Roger Federer and a final against the world No1 Novak Djokovic.

The Scot insisted he is ready to face whatever comes his way, saying in his BBC Sport column: "I know there will be a lot of interest in the draw this year as Rafael Nadal looks like being seeded fifth, but as a player you can’t get too obsessed about the draw. "I’d sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that," he said.


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