Path to Wimbledon glory no concern for No2 seed Murray

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray insists this morning’s Wimbledon draw is of such little importance he will not amend his pre-planned schedule in order to discover his fate.

With two-time champion Rafael Nadal seeded fifth for this year’s tournament, which begins on Monday, one half of the men’s singles draw will contain three of the world’s top five players.

Should Murray find himself in the “wrong” half of the draw, scheduled to be made at 10am, matches against Nadal, seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2011 winner Novak Djokovic could stand between him and the, so far, elusive gold trophy.

The Scot has failed to beat Nadal in three previous meetings at the All England Club, but despite the prospect of a potential head-to-head as early as the quarter-finals this year, Murray is unfazed.

“I am practicing at 10 o’clock, so that is how relevant it is to my day,” said last year’s runner-up.

“The one thing I will be looking at when playing the first match is whether it is a left-hander or a right-hander. We will then build my weekend practices depending on when I play and what type of player I am playing against in the first round.

“For me, it is no use worrying about the draw, or where Rafa is going to be, because it means getting to the quarter-finals first.

“I would love to be in the quarter-finals in two weeks’ time, whether it is against Rafa or any other player.

“Obviously Rafa is one of the greatest players ever, but you do not focus on the quarter-final match-ups, you focus on the very first match and getting ready for that.”

Murray, who won the Aegon Challenge at Queen’s Club last weekend, beat Kel Nishikori 6-2, 7-6 in a BNP Paribas Tennis Classic exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club last night.

The Japanese player is back at the same venue later today to play Nadal, with the Spanish star keen for match practice on grass.

Meanwhile, at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, China’s Li Na, seeded second, suffered a shock 7-6, 6-3 defeat to world No36 Elena Vesnina, who will now play Yanina Wickmayer in the semi-final after the Belgian beat sixth seed Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

Former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki recovered from dropping the first set to Ekaterina Makarova to triumph 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

And the Dane will meet America’s Jamie Hampton in the second semi-final, after the 23-year-old also required three sets to see off Lucie Safarova 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

In the men’s semi-finals, Gilles Simon will play Andreas Seppi and Ivan Dodig meets Feliciano Lopez.