Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defiant Murray Is Still Confident He Can Go on a Run and Win Wimbledon; Scot May Be out of Sorts at Present, after Losing Nine of His Last 20 Matches, but Insists He Has the Game to Lift the Title in SW19 Having Gone Close Last Year

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defiant Murray Is Still Confident He Can Go on a Run and Win Wimbledon; Scot May Be out of Sorts at Present, after Losing Nine of His Last 20 Matches, but Insists He Has the Game to Lift the Title in SW19 Having Gone Close Last Year

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Kiran Randhawa

ANDY MURRAY has brushed off concerns over his poor build-up to Wimbledon by saying he hopes to "go all the way" this year.

Since losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open Final in January, the British No1 has struggled for form and is without a title in 2010, having claimed an impressive six last year.

Murray's grass-court campaign suffered a poor start last week as the defence of his AEGON Championships title ended with a third-round defeat against Mardy Fish.

That was the world No4's ninth loss in his last 20 matches and he is also dealing with a long-standing knee problem, which forced him to wear strapping on his leg at Queen's.

But for all that Murray insists he is confident for Wimbledon and points to his previous displays at SW19, which have improved each year since reaching the third round on his debut in 2005.

Last year he lost a tight semi-final to Andy Roddick but thinks he could do even better this time.

"I feel good and I'm happy coming to Wimbledon," said the 23-year-old. "I've played well all the years I've played here and hopefully this year I can go on a run -- hopefully I will go all the way."

In the run-up to the tournament, which begins on Monday, Murray has been training hard and this afternoon he was set to play an exhibition match against former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt at London's Hurlingham Club.

Yesterday he got a run-out at the All England Club along with world No3 Novak Djokovic. The pair -- more suited to playing on Centre Court - battled it out on Court 16 in front of Murray's mother Judy and a few onlookers, after officials gave them permission to test the playing surface.

After being tied at eight games all, the friends played a tie-break to decide the winner -- but threw in a wager. …

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