Wimbledon: Andy Murray will be able to call on some 'gold dust' from Sir Alex

Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:51am

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Had sage advice for Murray

Sir Alex Ferguson: Had sage advice for Murray

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Andy Murray will call on a few pearls of wisdom from Sir Alex Ferguson when he takes on Jerzy Janowicz in Friday's Wimbledon semi-final.

The newly-retired Sir Alex was on Centre Court for his fellow Scot's nerve-wracking quarter-final victory over Fernando Verdasco, after which the pair met up.

And Murray admitted his words of advice could be crucial as he bids to make the Wimbledon final for a second year in succession.

"Getting that sort of advice from someone like him is gold dust so I'm not going to be sharing too much of it."
Andy Murray

"I spoke to him for 15 or 20 minutes after the match," Murray said.

"We spoke about a lot of things - about his retirement, about football and then at the end I spoke to him, not so much about the match, but about everything that goes with it.

"He was giving me some advice on how to handle certain pressures and expectations. Getting that sort of advice from someone like him is gold dust so I'm not going to be sharing too much of it."

Murray and Poland's Janowicz will be second on court following the first semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro.

Progression

The British No 1 will go into his match with 22-year-old Janowicz an overwhelming favourite with his young opponent appearing in his first grand slam semi-final.

However, Murray will not be taking things for granted having lost to him in Paris last year and seen him progress even further in 2013.

"It will be a very tough match," he said. "He has a big serve. He's a big guy with a lot of power. He also has pretty good touch. He likes to hit drop shots. He doesn't just whack every single shot as hard as he can.

"He's played extremely well here, I think. He had a tough match in the fourth round against Jurgen Melzer but apart from that he's been pretty convincing.

"Players have certainly been aware of him. There are several other talented guys all around the same age like Grigor Dimitrov.

"I'll need to be on my game from the outset, and there might not be that many chances during the match, so I'll have to take them when they come along.

"I'll need to return well for the whole match but it's a strong part of my game and a challenge I'm looking forward to."

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