Thursday, 29 May 2014

TENNIS. Murray: Give me grand slams over world No.1

Andy Murray says he is not bothered about being the best player in the world - he just wants to win grand slams.
The British No.1 has slipped to seventh in the ATP Tour rankings following back surgery in September, having reached a high of No.2 in 2009.

Wawrinka adds Queen's to schedule

Stan Wawrinka's French Open lasted just one match © Getty Images
  • Stan Wawrinka has taken a wildcard for Queen's following his early exit at the French Open.
  • The world No.3 and Australian Open champion was shocked in the first round at Roland Garros by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and has decided to add a tournament to his schedule ahead of Wimbledon.
  • "I am really looking forward to playing [at Queen's] and very grateful that the tournament saved a wildcard for me," said Wawrinka, who will be the top seed ahead of defending champion Andy Murray.
  • "I love London, I love the atmosphere. It is an important tournament with a lot of history, and gives me the best possible chance to become comfortable on grass."
And with the comeback process coming along as planned, Murray, who won the US Open in 2012 before adding the Wimbledon title last year, is targeting more major glory.
"I felt once I had my surgery was when I started looking forward again," he told BBC Sport.
"The way I train in the gym is tough, it's hard. I enjoy that and getting into shape to perform over five sets in the tournaments, and my goal is to try to win Grand Slams. That's what motivates me.
"Some people think number one should be my goal but what motivates me is Grand Slams, so I want to get myself in the best possible shape to win another one if I can."
Murray takes on Marinko Matosevic in Thursday's second-round clash.
The Australian won his first grand slam match at the 13th attempt on Tuesday before celebrating by rolling around in the Roland Garros clay.
"It was an interesting celebration," Murray added. "I have not seen that before.
"I get on very well with Marinko. He's a funny guy. He's a good ball striker, he can play good tennis. He's a strong guy. It will be tough."
Matosevic was beaten by Murray in their only previous meeting - at Queen's Club last year - but the 28-year-old will be in high spirits going into Thursday's encounter.
"You feel like there is a huge gorilla off your shoulders," said world No.66 Matosevic. "It's just relief more than anything else. Hopefully it can free me up now."
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