Murray wants to start fast

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray fears another slow start against Nicolas Almagro today will end his chance of winning an Olympics medal.

Murray yesterday defeated Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and today faces Almagro in the tournament’s quarter-finals before combining with Laura Robson in the first round of the mixed doubles.

“He’s playing the best tennis of his career,” said Murray. “Top 10 in the world in singles. It’s going to be a tough match for me and I need to play like I did in the second and third sets today to win that and I can’t afford any more slow starts.”

Regardless of the result of Murray versus Spain’s Almagro, he and Robson – who lost in the singles to Maria Sharapova – face Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek.