`Superstitious` Murray refuses to take anything for granted before game with Robredo

Updated: Jun 28, 2013, 14:27 PM IST

London: British tennis ace Andy Murray has said that he is taking nothing for granted before his third-round Wimbledon test with Spaniard Tommy Robredo, and is in no mood for over-confidence following the shock exits of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer this week.

With the losses of Nadal, Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to Steve Darcis, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Ernests Gulbis respectively which set the Wimbledon locker room buzzing, Murray is being overtly cautious even though he defeated Robredo the last time they met four years ago in Madrid on clay.

Despite his obviously enhanced prospects with the exit of his arch rivals Federer and Nadal from the tournament, Murray is being superstitious and refuses to be complacent, saying that he may yet lose to Robredo in the third round like his rivals did with their opponents, adding that such happenings are common in sport.

Stating that people are more shocked at the losses of the top players given their consistency for the last eight to ten years, Murray, however, said that he is not worrying about these factors and is just focusing on his upcoming match with Robredo.

Stating that he was not as surprised as some by Federer`s defeat on Wednesday night, the Scot further said that even though he expected the Swiss ace to turn the match around, with the stellar performance of Stakhovsky, Federer failed to reach the quarter-final this time, like he had been doing for the last 36 times in a row for every Grand Slam.

However, Murray, who has never played a match at Wimbledon when neither of the other two have not been in the tournament, refused to rule out either Federer or Nadal in the future, saying that he is confident that the duo would be back competing for Grand Slams in the future.

Praising Stakhovsky, the US Open champion said that the Ukrainian, whom he has known for a long time, is a talented player with a good game and had the biggest win of his career when he defeated Federer, adding that it is not often a player can boast of beating a champion of Federer`s calibre at Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Robredo, who had a remarkable climb from 471 in the rankings to being the 32nd seed after injury, admitted that he is not comfortable playing on grass, adding that if he could, he would put clay on the court all the time.

Robredo took a couple of matches off Murray on the hardcourts of Metz and Las Vegas several years ago but Murray beat him in their last match, four years ago in Madrid - on clay.