Bulked-up Murray still unlikely to out-muscle Nadal (Wimbledon Diary)

July 1st, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 1 (DPA) Slender Scot Andy Murray flexed his recently developed muscles Popeye-style after a five-set victory put him into his first Wimbledon quarter-final. But the newest British tennis hero’s celebratory moves on court against France’s Richard Gasquet are unlikely to have impressed upcoming opponent Rafael Nadal, a near-superhuman tennis specimen with four French Open titles and a pair of Wimbledon finals to prove it.

“I was doing it to my fitness trainers,” said Murray after his effort concluded in nearly four hours and in near darkness on Centre Court. “I’ve been putting in so much work off the court and it was the first time this year I’ve really had the chance to show it.”

Murray, who ditched high-priced American coach Brad Gilbert in 2007, is now trained, managed and massaged by a rotating consortium of friends and acquaintances - tennis by committee.

The 12th seed admitted that his muscle gesture may have been a bit lame - but he carried on anyway.

“I decided that that’s what I wanted to do at the end of the match,” he said.

Murray knows he will be in another weight class when he tangles with Nadal Wednesday, with the super-fit Spaniard a huge favourite.

“It was not a warning to Rafa, nothing like that. I just wanted to show that, you know, there is some muscles there, and I had worked hard off the court.”


Long arm of the law fascinates new graduate Ancic

London: Mario Ancic is pleased that he has managed to earn a law degree while remaining a competitive force in tennis.

The 43rd-ranked Croatian takes pride in his achievement, which hardly hurt his tennis as he landed in a Wimbledon quarter-final against Roger Federer.

“As soon as you’re a top player or sportsman you have one university done,” said the 24-year-old.

“I wanted to have something else except tennis. Law was something that I felt can give me a lot of possibilities later after my career.

“At this point I’m really happy I took the decision to go for law school,” said the specialist in civil law.

The last man to beat Federer at Wimbledon back in the 2002 first round, said that his studies helped him keep his mind off his various injuries and a long bout with glandular fever which blighted his last few seasons.

“It just helps me to stay mentally strong, to be positive. It would be much tougher if I didn’t have it.

“Watching tennis makes you even more crazy - why was I not there, I was stressed. But now I have something else equally important in my life.”

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