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Andy Murray willing to defend Wimbledon title

Andy Murray willing to defend Wimbledon titleIf Andy Murray reaches the final of the 131st Wimbledon, he will surely sore. His aching hip makes a huge challenge. He insists all is well despite an injury that is not only at least seven years old, but hurt so much last week that he knew he could not defend his title unless he gave it complete rest.

It can be told in his favor that he came through the first examination of his resolve with a quick and convincing win over the world’s number 135, Alexander Bublik, in the first round on Monday. Now he prepares for an altogether different contest against his friend Dustin Brown on July 5th.

Reason suggests Murray should beat Brown conveniently when the world number 1 plays the man ranked 97th. However, many things have not worked according to logic lately. At Roland Garros, Murray beat the odds to reach the semi-finals for the fourth time despite looking drained, near to collapse, at the start of the fortnight. Here, he retrieved much of his credibility.

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Murray admits Brown as a threat, even though he took only eight games off the Scot in the second round of the 2010 US Open. Brown, who has added lately discipline to his widely recognized talent, is going to probably do better here on grass than the hardcourt of Flushing Meadows when his career was still struggling a bit. He beat Rafael Nadal in four sets in the second round here two years ago, although the Spaniard had compiled an unhappy record at the All England Club since winning his two titles.

Johanna Konta, the host country’s best hope in the women’s draw, reminded to her best beating her French Open nemesis Hsieh Su-wei in just over an hour on Monday. On Wednesday, she plays another recent conqueror in Donna Vekic, but comes with greater momentum this time.

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