Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Andy Wants to Remain Undercover

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Andy Wants to Remain Undercover

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Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent

ANDY MURRAY believes the luxury of playing under the Centre Court roof has given his title bid a significant boost, with rivals forced to play out of sequence today while he can settle into his normal Grand Slam routine after victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

Heavy rain yesterday forced the closure of the Wimbledon roof, which has changed the whole dynamic of the world's most famous championships.

The result is an Orwellian tournament and, while organisers insist that everyone is equal, it is clear that those who are scheduled on Centre Court are more equal than the others.

Forecasters are predicting more rain tomorrow and again on Friday when Murray is scheduled to play his second and third-round matches. But the indications are that the top four men -- Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic -- will play all of their matches on Centre Court to guard against any accusations of favouritism towards the British No1.

Murray, who saw off world No56 Gimeno-Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0, is happy to reap the benefits of the reported [pounds sterling]100million the All England Club spent on the roof.

He said: "It's good to get off the court and have a rest day. I can recover and watch on TV some of the play of the guys I could be facing in the next round and you want to stay in that routine. It can be tough when you get that sort of backlog of matches and it's not ideal.

"I was happy with the way I controlled my emotions. There may be times in the tournament when I need to let off a bit of steam but I want to try to conserve as much energy as possible.

"With the roof closed, the conditions are almost too perfect and it becomes a different grass court."

Gimeno-Traver collapsed so badly he won only 15 points in the last two sets and a leg injury suffered in the third set appeared to become a perfect exit strategy for the Spaniard. …

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