BRITISH No1 Andy Murray will look to take inspiration from Rory McIlroy’s recent US Open victory as he continues his Wimbledon campaign against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez this afternoon.
McIlroy (right), golf’s hottest property after he dismantled a world class field at Congressional earlier this month, secured his first Major having blown a sizable lead at the Masters in April.
Murray too has known significant heartache in his sport’s biggest events but believes that by adopting McIlroy’s attitude he can finally break his grand slam duck on Sunday.
“It was great,” he said. “I followed all that was going on in the golf. What happened with Rory earlier in the year does happen to everyone but it’s how you come back from it. I’ve had a fair few upsets in major competitions. It’s how you come back from it.”
The Scot has just three more hurdles to clear before being crowned Wimbledon champion. The first, in the shape of Lopez, looks considerably more surmountable than his likely next two opponents, but Murray is refusing to take the Spaniard lightly.
“He serves very well, has a good slice backhand, and plays differently to a lot of other Spaniards,” said Murray. “Lopez is a tough player and he’s been playing well. He’s got a good game for grass.”
Lopez’s compatriot, No1 seed Rafael Nadal, meanwhile has confirmed he is fit enough to continue his defence after an injury scare in his fourth round win over Juan Martin del Potro.