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How is it that all these foreign players with the same pressures as Murray do okay yet everyone wonders if Murray due to the pressure can win again?
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How is it that all these foreign players with the same pressures as Murray do okay yet everyone wonders if Murray due to the pressure can win again?


They don't have the same pressure because Murray's the home hope.

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The pressure to repeat is often greater then the pressure to win it the first time.


The expectation will even greater then ever simply because of the fact he broke the curse and won Wimbledon, he has been number two in the world, won a gold medal and won another Grand Slam added to the fact that he is only British player on either side of the draw that has any real chance of getting into the second week.


He is a strong old stubborn nut but he did once say that due to the crowd and their expectation he'd probably win a Grand Slam somewhere else, probably in America, before he would win Wimbledon so even he recognises it.

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I don't buy that all. There is just no logical reason why just wanting a Brit to win Wimbledon because he's British is any more pressure to bear than can a British man win Wimbledon. After 70-odd years of not doing it, of false dawns and near misses and this is the guy,no, this is the guy, Come on Tim!


Murray's own progression goes something like - Murray's not good enough to beat one of the top players in the world. Okay, he's not good enough to beat Federer or Nadal, Okay but Djokovic is the new top guy, he can't beat him. He's only good for semi-finals at best. Okay he'll make the odd final when others slip up but he can't win when it matters most-Grand Slam finals. Okay he's won the U.S Open but he'll never win Wimbledon.


The idea that Murray wants to win another Wimbledon, the home crowd want another home win and the question of whether Murray can win two Wimbledon titles?! trumps the above, I don't see it. Your last point just argues that Wimbledon exerts more pressure than the other Grand Slams which nobody, I think, would deny.

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How is it that all these foreign players with the same pressures as Murray do okay yet everyone wonders if Murray due to the pressure can win again?
"All these foreign players"? How may have won Wimbledon in the time that Murray has competed there?


Murray debuted in the Men's Singles at Wimbledon in 2005. In that time, only Roger Federer (x5), Rafael Nadal (x2) and Novak Djokovic (x1) have won the tournament.


I genuinely don't see the point you're trying to make here.

To be completely honest I hate the way the Brits get behind Murray as Champion
I second bigmatt; why?
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The draw has been made. Juan Martín del Potro misses Wimbledon through injury which is a real shame, he's one of the ones I most looked forward to watching. Selected first round ties:


Andy Murray v David Goffin

Rafa Nadal v Martin Kližan

Roger Federer v Paolo Lorenzi

Novak Djokovic v Andrey Golubev

Stanislas Wawrinka v João Sousa

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Jürgen Melzer

Tomáš Berdych v Victor Hănescu

David Ferrer v Pablo Carreño

James Ward v Mikhail Youzhny

Grigor Dimitrov v Ryan Harrison



Serena Williams v Anna Tatishvili

Venus Williams v María Teresa Torró Flor

Sabine Lisicki v Julia Glushko

Maria Sharapova v Samantha Murray

Heather Watson v Ajla Tomljanović

Ana Ivanovic v Francesca Schiavone

Petra Kvitová v Andrea Hlaváčková

Sloane Stephens v Maria Kirilenko

Caroline Wozniacki v Shahar Pe'er

Li Na v Paula Kania


The Men's seeded quarter-finals:

Novak Djokovic v Tomáš Berdych

Andy Murray v David Ferrer

Stanislas Wawrinka v Roger Federer

Rafa Nadal v Milos Raonic


Possible Murray route to the final:


Round One: David Goffin (Belgium, ranked 104)

Round Two: Pablo Andjujar (Spain, 79)

Round Three: Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain, 28)

Round Four: Fabio Fognini (Italy, 15)

Quarter-final: David Ferrer (Spain, 7) / Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 13)

Semi-final: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2) / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France, 17) / Tomáš Berdych (Czech Republic, 6)

Final: Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) / Roger Federer (Switzerland, 4) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland, 3)


Rafa Nadal could face his 2012 conqueror Lukáš Rosol again in the second round. Djokovic might have to play Tsonga, Berdych, Murray and Nadal/Federer in a row to win this. That must be the hardest run ever. So much for being top seed. He'd much prefer Nadal's draw. I wish Murray and Djokovic were on opposite sides of the draw. They're the two best grass court players in the world. It would be nice to see how it revolved around that.


I can see there being a shock somewhere in this. Some youth has to bubble through somewhere.

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