Wimbledon: Andy Murray feeling pressure of trying to win Wimbledon
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: June 29, 2013 6:59am
Andy Murray: one match at a time
Andy Murray says he played his best match so far at Wimbledon against Tommy Robredo, but admitted that the pressure is now firmly on him to go on and win the title.
Murray has yet to drop a set at this year's Wimbledon, and his comfortable straight sets success against Robredo was his 14th successive win on grass.
After reaching last year's final and going on to win the Olympics at Wimbledon, Murray was already among the favourites heading into the event, and a host of shock results have seen his odds shorten dramatically.
A huge job has been made much easier with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic all being knocked out of Murray's route to the final.
It looks a virtual certainty that Murray will face Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, and the home favourite admits that he can sense the pressure on him to end Britain's 77-year wait for a men's single champion.
"People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of how the draw has worked out. There are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines. It's not that helpful."
"Upsets are never far away and you have to be very focused on your game to avoid that," said Murray. "People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of how the draw has worked out.
"It would be a lot easier if we just concentrated on each match at a time.
"I think there's a lot more pressure on me now with them (big names) being out. There are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines. It's not that helpful.
"You need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match."
Russia's 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny is the highest ranked player Murray can face before the final, and that could be in the next round if he can first defeat Serbia's Viktor Troicki.
Murray hopes to improve every round and he was pleased with his performance in easily defeating Robredo under the Centre Court roof.
"I played my best match of the tournament so far," added Murray. "I struck the ball very well from the start of the match.
"I hit the ball really, really well from the back of the court from the first game. But he's a really fit guy and fights for every single point and you need to be ready for that.
"I had a lot of winners tonight and that was probably the most pleasing part because I did not serve very well on the first couple of matches. I hope I can keep playing better."