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Murray in spotlight as Wimbledon looms

19 June 2017, 06:24 | Charlene Valdez

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Murray has been at the top of the world rankings for 32 weeks and is a long way off from Federer (302 weeks), Djokovic (223) and Nadal (141). Yet, as he prepared yesterday for the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club, Murray was quick to make clear that he will keep playing for as long as his motivation and fitness remain. "But I think I'll be all right". Regardless, this was only his second loss this year, and he had a match point in his other loss as well, so he has literally had match points in every match he's played this year. I don't want to stop in two years. When I go out I'm really trying to get better and learn stuff and improve.

"It's always tough to stay at the top of any sport", he said. Here I will make some predictions for how I think this year's grass court season will unfold for tennis' big four.

"That's not going to be the case".

Canada's Milos Raonic says he is in great shape mentally, thanks to the clay court season, as he prepares to try and go one better than a year ago at the grass court tournaments of Queen's and Wimbledon.

He is seeded to face France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals and former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, with a potential final against second seed Wawrinka.

Should he win there, it would give him a fourth grand slam title, which, combined with his two gold medals, No 1 ranking and Davis Cup title, would add weight to an already incredible career.

Murray's three Grand Slams, compared to the 18, 15 and 12 won by Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic respectively, does at first glance seem somewhat smaller fry.

'He's always been top four, but it's been a distant fourth. "In a way, he's still a distant fourth", McEnroe said, as quoted by the Metro. It is a run of form Murray acknowledged had left him clinging to his world No 1 status. No disrespect. You're talking about three of the five greatest players that ever lived, so it's a tall order'.

Despite Murray's form, the threat of injury will once again be an important factor to consider this summer, with Henman hoping Britain's star does not overdo it in his bid for more honours.

The Scot said he is now "older and more experienced in dealing with it".

Save for Barcelona, where the 30-year-old Scot reached the semi-finals, he has struggled on the clay courts of Europe until Roland Garros, where, aided by a favourable draw, he reached the last four.

"If I'm going to be away from my family, I'm not going to do that and not do my best". It had been such a long time since any British man had won that.

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