Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Passion Play for Dynamic Murray

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Passion Play for Dynamic Murray

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Byline: By Mark Staniforth

Super Scot Andy Murray aims to whip another show-court crowd into a frenzy by storming into the fourth round at Wimbledon today.

The precocious 18-year-old has vowed he will never tone down his fist-pumping antics as he prepares for his clash with Argentina's former finalist David Nalbandian.

Murray believes his fast-growing fan base loves his dynamic style after years of putting up with the more laid-back Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski.

He said: "When I go out on court I try to get the crowd involved and I show a lot of passion on the court.

"I think the crowd like that. Tim and Greg are more relaxed than me on the court ( I think maybe this is better for the fans.

"I am not going to change the way I am and be more relaxed."

Murray celebrated routing 13th seed Radek Stepanek on Thursday with a roar and a wild leap into the air ( but he insists there is little chance of a repeat performance against Nalbandian.

"I'll lose my next match," Murray maintained. "Nalbandian is top 10 in the world and he's been to a Wimbledon final. I've won two matches at Wimbledon, two matches at Queen's, and I'm only 18.

"I've got no experience playing in these matches and it's going to be very difficult for me. Nalbandian is much more consistent than Stepanek."

But Murray's claims that he has no chance of making it into the second week mask a resolute belief that he is destined for the very top.

After winning the US Open junior title last year he teamed up with David Sherwood to stun Israel's world number four-ranked doubles pairing in the Davis Cup in March, then marched to the third round at Queen's last week.

This week Murray stressed he would be happy to emulate Henman's record at Wimbledon ( provided he got another Grand Slam title in the bag.

The Lawn Tennis Association's performance director David Felgate said: "It's a surprise but in saying that, nothing would surprise me with him because every big opportunity he gets, he takes."

The 2002 finalist Nalbandian is sure to pose a stern baseline test for Murray with the 18th seed having proved he can adapt his game well on his least favourite surface. …

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