Murray: Back injury won’t end title bid

Murray showed resilience to beat Youzhny in three
Murray showed resilience to beat Youzhny in three

Briton vows not to quit despite flare-up as Robson’s Wimbledon dream comes to end

WORLD No2 Andy Murray revealed he underwent extra medical treatment after his straight-sets win over Mikhail Youzhny swept him into a sixth consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final, but insists he would never dream of quitting through injury.

The 26-year-old Scot overcame the No20 seed 6-4, 7-6, 6-1, showing all his battling qualities to recover from 5-2 down in the second set, though at times he grimaced while holding his side, prompting fears he could join the grand slam record-equalling 13 players to have retired hurt in this tournament.

But Murray, who missed last month’s French Open with a back injury, says he will never succumb to pain.

“I would never stop,” said last year’s runner-up, who meets unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals.

“Now that I’m playing there’s no chance I would stop, unless I couldn’t hold the racquet. My back is what it is. It’s felt way better than it was a few weeks ago. There’s no cause for concern.

“I had 20 minutes longer treatment than the last few days. But I just want to make sure that in this tournament I do all the right things. I want to take care of my body. It’s my main priority.”

Britain’s two-pronged pursuit of the singles titles was blunted by Laura Robson’s fourth-round exit to big-hitting Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Teenager Robson’s bid to become the first home woman in a Wimbledon quarter-final for 29 years ended in 94 minutes on Court One, where she saved four match points before finally relenting 7-6, 7-5 to the world No46.

Despite her defeat, Robson believes the “crazy” experience of reaching the second week at SW19 paves the way for a bright future.

“It’s just been this overwhelming experience,” said Robson, who is poised to enter the world’s top 30. “It’s been crazy, but in a good way. I’m hoping to do better next year.

“I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I was trying to will myself to play unbelievable tennis when just making a serve would have been fine. It’s all part of the learning experience.”

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