Murray plays down luck of the draw at Wimbledon

No Wimbledon hold-ups for Andy Murray. Photo:  John Walton/PA Wire.
No Wimbledon hold-ups for Andy Murray. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire.
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Andy Murray does not expect a rejigged men’s schedule to boost his Wimbledon title defence.

Two-time grand slam winner Murray has avoided any hold-ups after breezing through Wimbledon’s first week without dropping a set.

The 27-year-old faces big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the fourth round today, but the likes of Stan Wawrinka have been less fortunate.

Wawrinka’s third-round clash with Denis Istomin was cancelled amid heavy rain on Saturday, so the fifth seed could face five matches in seven days to reach his first Wimbledon final.

American John Isner’s third-round clash with Feliciano Lopez fell foul of Saturday’s rain too, leaving Wimbledon bosses halting all fourth-round matches in the bottom half of the men’s draw on Monday.

Asked if he could stand to benefit from the shifts, Murray said: “Not really. I’ve played many grand slams and sometimes the schedule works in your favour and sometimes it doesn’t.

“At least they’ll have had a two-day break so they’ll be completely fresh when they start. It’s just bad luck. It happens sometimes.

“I’ve had situations where the schedule hasn’t worked out. You just get on with it.”

Rafael Nadal’s meeting with Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer’s Tommy Robredo clash could have been played on Monday, but will now shift to Tuesday instead.

Murray practised with British number three James Ward yesterday.

Coaches Amelie Mauresmo and Dani Vallverdu joined in for the last section of the session with Ward.

Murray and former Wimbledon champion Mauresmo are taking the grass-court season as a trial run before making any calls on a long-term partnership.