Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stop Whingeing and Focus on Winning; If Murray Wants to Lift Wimbledon Title Then He Needs to Cut out Moaning about Things That He Cannot Control

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stop Whingeing and Focus on Winning; If Murray Wants to Lift Wimbledon Title Then He Needs to Cut out Moaning about Things That He Cannot Control

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Byline: Michael Stich

MY message to Andy Murray is simple: if you want to win Wimbledon, stop moaning!

It is disappointing to me that after such a dramatic five-set victory as Monday's win over Stanislas Wawrinka he decided to focus on his difficulties over playing under the Centre Court roof.

We all know Andy just isn't the type of character to break into dance after winning a match but he shouldn't talk about things he can't control because it is a waste of energy.

His progress has been pretty smooth considering all the things that could have gone wrong so he should be happier about what he has achieved so far. Maybe he has to learn to be a little bit cooler, play things down and hopefully he isn't going to talk about these concerns again. When things don't go the way you want them to, people always look for excuses. Andy needs to remember that if they had not closed the roof, the match would have been stopped and I am sure that nobody would have wanted to come back the next day. And imagine the stick the tournament officials would have taken!

If he wants to win the tournament, he has to deal with all the problems that come around and that includes Roger Federer always playing earlier than him. Does two hours putting your feet up make any difference? I don't think so and I doubt Roger will worry either. Andy had a day off yesterday so there are no excuses if he is not physically prepared to play Juan Carlos Ferrero (left) today. These top players are trained athletes and they don't need that long to recover, especially given the giant strides Andy has made in his physical fitness.

I just don't like the discussion about whether it is good to play a longer match or not. Had Andy won in straight sets, there would be people complaining that he wasn't tested enough.

There might be a mental hangover because it was an emotional match but that's what his team are there for and Andy can handle that side of things.

People put way too much emphasis on this idea of 'hype'. Far too many people are speculating on what he might be thinking but tennis matches are simple from that point of view.

The goal every time you go on court is to play well, win easily and go home. …

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