Britain's Andy Murray is confident he will be able to raise his game when it matters as he prepares to meet stiffer opposition at the All England Club, where he is yet to drop a set this year.
AFP - Andy Murray admits he will have to raise his game to new heights if he wants to win Wimbledon even though he raced through the first week at the Championships without dropping a set.
While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - Murray's main rivals for the title - have had to dig deep just to make it to the fourth round at the All England Club, the British fourth seed has enjoyed serene progress in his first three matches.
Gilles Simon was the latest opponent to be swept aside by Murray on Saturday as he romped to a comfortable three-set win on Centre Court, but there is no chance of the Scot resting on his laurels as he prepares for the business end of the tournament.
American 18th seed Sam Querrey - a recent winner of the grass-court event at Queen's Club - is Murray's next opponent, while big-serving Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the quarter-finals, and then French Open champion Nadal, in the semi-finals, are also likely to bar his path to a potential final clash with Federer.
After a disappointing recent run of results, Murray is understandably delighted with his form so far, but he is under no illusions about the size of the task in front of him if he is to win his first grand slam title.
"This was a really good week. I didn't lose a set and didn't lose my serve since the second service game of the first match," Murray said.
"It's something that I needed for confidence, but I did feel I wasn't too far away from playing very good tennis again.
"I just needed to put more work in, and I did that the week before. So that definitely helped me going into the tournament with my belief.
"It's obviously showed the first few matches. But I'm going to have to play better next week if I want to go all the way."
Murray has often been criticised for taking a passive approach in matches when he should be using his huge array of skills to overwhelm opponents.
That was never more true than in last year's Wimbledon semi-final against Andy Roddick when Murray allowed the American to dictate the tempo and eventually lost in four sets.
He has been far more proactive in taking the attack to the opposition so far at the Championships, and he knows that positive attitude will be essential against a formidable server like Querrey.
"He's obviously won Queen's. He's a very good player," Murray said. "He's got a big serve, bigger than the guys that I've played so far, and a slightly more unpredictable game.
"But I've played well against him in the past and I've had good success against. Hopefully I can get another good result on Monday."
Date created : 2010-06-27