Murray says he won’t gain advantage from order re-jig

Andy Murray.
Andy Murray.
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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 today.

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 today, but will now shift to tomorrow instead.

Murray spent Saturday watching Colombia see off Uruguay in the World Cup, before practising 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.

Mauresmo is “playing hard to get” over assuming a full-time coaching role with Murray though, according to former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport.

“I think Amelie is playing hard to get over taking the role full-on: she is one of the few people that only does what she wants to do,” Davenport said.

“She’s not going to take a job for attention, for money, for any other reason than purely that she wants to do it.

“There are very few people out there like that, and she does what she wants, when she wants.

“She is trying this, she obviously is doing it because whenever they spoke in Paris she got to like Andy, or she got to respect him, or wants to help him.

“But she is one of a kind in that sense.

“I don’t think it’s her natural style to spend that much time out on the tour.

“She coached (Marion) Bartoli here to the Wimbledon championship, then said she was done, that she wasn’t going to do it any more.

“Bartoli ended up retiring so it wasn’t a big deal, but she just wasn’t going to go through that any more.”

Stan Wawrinka’s coach admits he will need to pull off a feat that is “not really human” if he is to win his first Wimbledon title.

The Australian Open champion was the main victim of Saturday’s bad weather and now faces potentially having to play five matches in seven days.

Magnus Norman, who has guided Wawrinka into the world’s top three, said: “It’s tough but I know the organisation and the referee are trying to be fair to all the players because they also cancelled Lopez and Isner.

“It’s a tough situation because if he wants to go through here he has to win five best-of-five-set matches in seven days so it’s going to be really hard, and three days in a row.

“It’s not really human but we’re not complaining.

“We know what we have to do and we’ll just try to focus on one point at a time and one match at a time.”

To try to be fair to all the players in the bottom half of the men’s draw, no fourth-round matches in that section will be played on Monday, meaning all Tuesday’s winners will have to play again on Wednesday.

Norman backed the decision, saying: “That’s one thing that they’ve done to try to be fair to all the players.

“It’s not an easy decision for anyone because we have also the Sunday off with the tradition at Wimbledon.

“The best thing for the players would be to play today and have Monday off but you have to take everything into consideration and I think they’re doing a great job trying to be fair to everyone.”

World number one Rafael Nadal and fourth seed Roger Federer are also affected.

Both know their opponents already, with Nadal due to take on new teen star Nick Kyrgios and Federer facing Tommy Robredo, but must wait until Tuesday to play.

Speaking after his third-round win under the roof against Santiago Giraldo but before the order of play was released, Federer said: “I guess Stan’s section and Isner’s section, they have to play three straight days now.

“There could be 15 sets right there, long sets. These guys are all fit enough to handle it, but it can have an impact, no doubt.

“I might be also impacted, I might not play on Monday now. You can’t choose always. It is what it is and you have to adapt to it.”

Meanwhile, Nadal said of possibly having to play two days in a row: “That’s not a positive thing.”

Another third-round match will need to be completed on Monday after Kei Nishikori and Simone Bolelli ran out of light tied at 3-3 in the fifth set.

The top half of the men’s draw will all play their fourth-round matches on Monday.