Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Going All the Way Is Not Just a Dream for Murray; in Focus: Andy Murray Says Winning Wimbledon Is Not an Impossible Dream

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Going All the Way Is Not Just a Dream for Murray; in Focus: Andy Murray Says Winning Wimbledon Is Not an Impossible Dream

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Byline: Chris Jones

ANDY MURRAY today insisted his hopes of becoming Britain's firstWimbledon men's champion since Fred Perry 72 years ago was not a missionimpossible at this year's championships.

The British No1 also hit back at critics who claim he is still not fit enoughto challenge Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by claiming: "I am one of the bestathletes in the tennis world." Murray, who missed last year's Wimbledon due toa serious wrist injury, pulled out of the Artois tournament at Queen's with aminor thumb problem that has cleared up almost as quickly as it appeared and isadamant the men's title is a serious target when the Championships begin onMonday.

He said: "I have high expectations for myself and I don't see winning thetournament as an impossibility. I am not putting any extra pressure on myselfbecause everyone wants me to do it. I would like to do it myself." That thumbinjury, following on from knee trouble earlier in the year, contributed to theview that he is still physically suspect compared to the players at the verypinnacle of the game. But the world No11 believes he is stronger and fitterthan ever thanks to the support of Team Murray, which includes phsyio andphysical training experts.

As he completes his final preparations for next week's challenge, the21-year-old Scot said: "I don't think anyone can pass judgement on how hard Iwork in the gym or the running track if they haven't been there watching what Ido.

"The results of Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been better than mine,no question about that, but I think I am one of the best athletes in the tennisworld.

"I have always wanted to win a Grand Slam and the amount of work I have put inoff the court makes me want to do it even more. I have had people saying 'Youdon't work hard enough' or 'You need to get stronger' and I have worked reallyhard to do that . …

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