Wimbledon 2017: Germany's Dustin Brown vows to drag Sir Andy Murray out of his comfort zone

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Dustin Brown intends to drag world No1 Andy Murray out of his comfort zone (Source: Getty)

Flamboyant strokemaker Dustin Brown has vowed to conjure a strategy which will make world No1 Andy Murray feel uncomfortable when the duo meet on the Centre Court of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

By the time Murray had dispatched SW19 debutant Alexander Bublik on Monday, world No97 Brown had already secured his place in the second round after beating Joao Sousa in four sets.

Dreadlocked Brown is no stranger to an upset having slain 10-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal on these lawns two years ago, and the 32-year-old is eyeing another scalp.

“I’m going to have to try and play the same way [as against Nadal], play aggressive,” said Brown. “It’s tough because Andy is one of the best returners out there.

“I’m just going to have to find a way to be aggressive and try to not have him play the type of game he wants to play and take him out of his comfort zone.”

The only previous meeting between the two came at the US Open in 2010 when Murray cruised to victory in straight sets. Brown is unperturbed, adding: “It was seven years ago and it wasn’t on grass.”

Brown wowed crowds with a flying volley at full stretch during his triumph over Sousa. For his part, Murray is expecting a mercurial showing from the German.

“Like the Bublik match, he plays in a similar way in terms of being unpredictable, going for different shots with a lot of power,” said three-time grand slam winner Murray.

“Dustin plays a lot more up at the net than Bublik. For anyone watching, he tends to come out with some great shots and is a very entertaining guy to watch.

“He’s a great mover, a really good athlete. Always fun to watch.”

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