Updated: 22/06/2013 07:49 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic: Murray can take pressure



Andy Murray has been seeded second at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has been seeded second at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic believes Andy Murray can benefit from his Olympic success last year as the Briton gears up for another tilt at a Wimbledon title next week.

Murray lost in the final at SW19 last year to Roger Federer, but followed that up by beating the Swiss ace in the Olympic final just weeks later. The 26-year-old returns to Wimbledon this year with his Olympic gold medal and success at the 2012 US Open further increasing the expectations of the home support.

World number one Djokovic reckons success at the Olympics proves Murray has what it takes to win his home grand slam and feels their own on-court rivalry can only grow in the future.

"The Olympic Games in London were as strong as any grand slam, everyone played except Rafa [Nadal]," said Djokovic.

"It was a very strong tournament and was very intense, there was that extra pressure on everybody because we were not playing for ourselves we were playing for our country and that was something special - no other tournament can match that sensation.

"Murray and myself grew up together and we started to play more against each other in the big tournaments and I think that is one of the rivalries that can develop over the years."

Murray has been seeded behind Djokovic at Wimbledon, with the Serb taking top spot, and the reigning Australian Open champion has backed Murray to perform despite the intense spotlight on his matches.

"I think he dealt with the pressure really well over the last few years, especially last year," Djokovic added.

"He has always had pressure playing at Wimbledon from media and from the people. Obviously Great Britain looks for a champion for many years at Wimbledon and he is the biggest hope.

"He got very close last year and I think he likes it, he has learned to play under pressure - it is a part of our sport."

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24/06/2013 10:18
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Sophie Eliis-Bexter has the same effect on me as Wimbledon does to Andy Murray.......
If I'm lucky,I might reach a semi......
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