No draw fears for Murray

  • Last Updated: June 21 2013, 11:03 BST

Andy Murray insists he will not be overly concerned about Friday's Wimbledon draw which could pave the way for a clash against French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Andy Murray: Not fazed about the draw
Andy Murray: Not fazed about the draw

The British number one this evening put the finishing touches to his preparations with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori in the exhibition BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at London's Hurlingham Club.

Murray missed the French Open with a back injury, but secured a third AEGON Championships title at Queen's last weekend.

Despite Nadal's victory at Roland Garros, the former two-time Wimbledon winner has been seeded at just number five this year, as he continues his impressive return from a knee problem.

That means the Spaniard will be seeded to face one of the top four seeds - Novak Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer or David Ferrer - in the quarter-finals.

However, Murray insists he must be ready to do be on top of his game whomever he is faces at the All England Club over the next fortnight.

"The thing you always have to remember is that in most tournaments there are upsets, very rarely do you get every one (of the seeds) getting through to the quarters and semi-finals," said Murray after his 6-2 7-6 (7/5) victory over Nishikori.

"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, 26, maintains he will not be making any specific plans to take in Friday's 10am draw in the main press conference room at the All England Club.

"I am practicing tomorrow at 10 o'clock, so that is how relevant it is to my day," the Scot added.

"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."

Murray felt this evening's game against Nishikori, who is at a career high of 11th in the ATP world rankings, was just the kind of test he needed.

"It is important, but I have found it difficult at times the week before when you are playing warm-up or exhibition matches to get your focus there," he said. "But I thought I did a pretty good job today, especially with not having played much in the last month or so."

Murray was runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last year, but went on to gain revenge in the Olympic final before then lifting a first grand slam at the US Open.

He added of today's win: "I had to make sure it was a good competitive match and I was pretty concentrated, so it was a good work-out for me and another match under my belt on grass."

While Murray will head back to his SW19 training base, there is little rest for Nishikori, who is set to return to the Hurlingham Club tomorrow to play Nadal.

"These are great match-ups for me, to be playing Andy and Rafa," said former Australian Open quarter-finalist Nishikori.

"It is all good experience for me, that is for sure, especially on grass, which is not my best surface."

Nishikori added: "There is really tough competition on the tour now, but Andy has a real opportunity at Wimbledon for sure, because he has some good strokes and hopefully he can do well."


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