Petchey: Not targeting Wimbledon helped Murray

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 /by
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Mark Petchey, the former coach of Andy Murray, tells Sports Illustrated that perhaps the reason why the Scot was able to win Wimbledon under intense pressure was because the tournament wasn’t always on the forefront of his mind.

"That's part of his strength: He's able to keep away a lot of the stuff that's too big for a lot of us to deal with," Petchey said. "Growing up, I don't think this was the biggest tournament for him: New York was the one that he wanted to win over everything else. It suited his personality. He went to Spain, grew up on the clay; he was a baseliner. Grass is a notoriously quicker surface and when he was growing up, remember, serve-and-volley still had a place. It would have been tough for him to envisage that this was the title he was going to win."
 

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