Murray prepares for big fights like boxers before do or die bouts

Updated: Jul 06, 2012, 18:00 PM IST

London: British number one tennis player Andy Murray has said he takes inspiration from the way a boxer prepares with lots of details before his fight.

Murray would play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final of the Wimbledon on Friday, and a win would make him the first Brit to reach final of All England Club since Benny Austin in 1938.

Murray said both tennis players and boxers focus on studying and researching their opponent extensively before going head to head.

“I like talking to other athletes, especially individual athletes, because the mindset is similar to that of a tennis player. I know quite a few boxers and I’ve spoken to them at length,” a newspaper quoted Murray, as saying..

“It’s a bit different because they prepare for three months to fight one opponent, watching videos of the guy and training specifically for that bout,” he added.

“But there are certain things you can take from that sport. Above all else, they leave no stone unturned in their preparation. You can’t necessarily do it to the same extent in tennis, but I try,” he said.

“Mike Tyson has said he often walked to the ring petrified he might lose, but as soon as he stepped in there he thought nobody could beat him, he felt invincible. Those are the sort of things I try to draw from a little, and hopefully that helps me against Tsonga because it will be a tense battle, it always is against him,” he added.

ANI