Updated: 28/06/2012 17:08 | By pa.press.net

Murray ready for rockets from Karlovic



Andy Murray is ready for a challenging encounter against Ivo Karlovic

Andy Murray is ready for a challenging encounter against Ivo Karlovic

Andy Murray is expecting to find Wimbledon's grass a far less comfortable place when he returns for his second-round match on Thursday.

The fourth seed began his campaign on Tuesday with a brilliant display to beat Nikolay Davydenko, losing only six games in what looked a potentially tricky encounter against the former world number three. The prize for that victory, though, is a second-round meeting with big-serving 6ft 10 in Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

"It's a tough match," said Murray. "It's very hard to get into a rhythm against someone like that. "He's made it very difficult for a lot of players over the last five or six years because he serves so well and makes you feel pretty uncomfortable on the court."

He added: "There's going to be games where you might not even touch the ball where he's serving, so you need to try to stay in the zone and not lose focus on your service games. I'll need to serve well against him.

"A lot depends on the day when you're playing a guy that's 6ft 10in, because a lot of it is just reaction. Sometimes you'll see it, sometimes you might pick a couple serves in a row, sometimes you won't."

Murray and Karlovic have played three times before, with the Scot winning each time, but all have been close, and Karlovic has some notable scalps on grass, including the then defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2003.

Murray managed to get his practice session in before the rain arrived on Wednesday, hitting with talented British teenager Oli Golding.

Preparing for a match against a player with such an unusual weapon is a challenge in itself, and Murray said: "Even when I'm not playing someone like Karlovic, when I'm practising, I always have Dani (Vallverdu) or any of my coaches stand and serve from just behind the service line just for the reaction and getting used to the ball coming from that height."

Murray is enjoying sharing the limelight at Wimbledon this year, as one of five British players to have survived the first round. Heather Watson is already into round three, the first home woman to have done so for 10 years.

He said: "Anytime the Brits do well in slams it's good for British tennis. It's been a good tournament so far, and hopefully it continues."

53Comments
28/06/2012 10:01
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It's really depressing reading all the nasty and negative comments about Andy Murray. Where did these inarticulate people crawl out from? What heights in their careers have they reached, and how hard did they work?

He may not win.......but at least we can support the one Brit who is trying to do his best, and ignore the morons who are just very trying and sad folk.

 

 

 

28/06/2012 01:39
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I'd love a Federer v Murray final but i'm dreaming. Roger to me is the best grass player in history ever and to see him win 7 Wimble titles would be a joy. It would also put him back to where he belongs as number one in the world. Seeing Murray win his first slam for Britian ( Scotland ) would also be historic..

 

Good luck to you both.

28/06/2012 08:52
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Why all the negativity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why all the negativity? Its a game ..people win people lose thats what its all about . And yes Andy is Scottish Go on my son!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28/06/2012 08:59
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Murry you got the message keep mouth shut and eyes on the ball- too much attention is bad for health!! look what happen to England's Football dream.- Close yet so so far.!! Same with you Murray close yet so so so far.  Good-luck I will be supporting you regardless!!
28/06/2012 09:55
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Most of the tennis greats claimed their major tournament scalps when they were younger than Murray.  Time is still just about on his side, and he has a few more years when he might luck his way into winning a big one, but he probably does need luck. Actually, he's a very successful player, but he's inevitably compared and contrasted with the Grand Slammers.
28/06/2012 07:40
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@ leBORE, making excuses??.I call it being respectful to his opponent, but what would you know about something like that. Murray is one of the best returners in the game so if he plays as he did in the first round he should progress.
28/06/2012 08:47
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Quote:

          "Murray talks too much, if this idiot had kept his mouth shut when he started winning, he would be the darling of british tennis , no one would have expected  him to win against the top three , he would have earned millions more with advertising and TV ,.....his big mouth, is and will be his downfall , just shut it murray and get on with it ... bloody idiot,      Henman never even came close to winning a major, and look where he is , still in the game and stays longer at wimbledon than murray does every year".

 

My my, pot, kettle springs to mind here, you need to breath man, he's beat the top three, he's earned millions, is better than Henman ever was and if you listen for a change, you'll likely hear something worth listening to...........what a plonker you are.

28/06/2012 08:23
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MSN puts up an article about Andy and it guarantees all the Murray haters and "little englanders" will crawl out from under their stones. Buttford will definitely be there...he can't resist his obsession. I bet he dreamt about him ALL last night.

Good luck Andy, one step at a time.

28/06/2012 11:01
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Crikey, what acid tongues some of you have! Don''t you know the fact: ' The one who critises most...........'

Hope you eat your words. It is a big bucks game, but ALSO needs TALENT, which I doubt any of you have in your little finger!

28/06/2012 09:31
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chris burford @   loooooser

Agree...you are......But why do have to KEEP telling us.......We've got the message LOL

At least you can smile about it. Nothing like accepting reality..... with a smile

28/06/2012 10:58
28/06/2012 01:01
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For Andy, every round is a TOUGH encounter, and if he gets through it's a bonus.
28/06/2012 11:15
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Hi I understand Andy is a bit dour but for the sake of British tennis I hope he does well.
Why is it that the nation that invented the sport is unable to produce the talent that small nations like Croatia do? 
At least we have Wimbledon with a roof now.
28/06/2012 11:50
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come on brits! all of the uk is behind you, bring it home for us :)
28/06/2012 09:53
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@  buttford

now you're just getting boring....getting a bit fed up you telling us constantly that you're a loser, we all know what you are...get out from your dingy little bedsit, use some of your social security money and get a life. A least take your wife for walkies.

 

28/06/2012 08:33
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I agree you ARE a loser..... you don't have to KEEP reminding us....we already know what you are.
28/06/2012 11:54
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We can comment on Murray's chances at Wimbledon but not discuss the multi-million pound scandal at Barclays Bank?

Come on MSN prioritise please!!!!!

PS. As for Murray - like England -  he'll be lucky to get to the last 8!

29/06/2012 17:35
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All the Englanders will be celebrating when Murray gets beat, he will get beat , even if it's the final he will be a loser, and we can't wait. I hope he gets to the final because it will be even sweeter when he loses. You little Scottish turds will be crying then, especially W.a.n.k.e.r Buster.
28/06/2012 17:52
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All the "little engerlanders" and Murray haters will be crying in their beers tonight.

Well Done Andy Good luck for the next round. One step at a time

28/06/2012 11:07
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@ buttford

And now you have reached 100 THUMBS DOWN......I don't think people out there like you.....LOL

Maybe you should take note.........

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