Wimbledon: Andy Murray banishes thoughts of Nadal semi

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport

Andy Murray has banished any thoughts of a possible Wimbledon semi-final against world number one Rafael Nadal.

Murray, seeded to meet the defending champion in the last four, is focused on beating the Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round.

After Roger Federer struggled to beat Alejandro Falla last year, the 24-year-old is not banking on easy progress.

He said: "It's not worth thinking about Rafa in the semi-finals, you need to be switched on from the first match."

Federer needed five sets to defeat Falla last year and Murray does not expect an easy ride against world number 56 Gimeno-Traver.

The Scot was a winner at Queen's last Monday but will go into Wimbledon short of match pratice after his exhibition match against Serb Viktor Troicki was interrupted by rain on Friday.

He was leading 4-1 when play was suspended at the Boodles Challenge at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.

He is the fourth seed in the men's singles for Wimbledon behind Nadal, Djokovic and Federer.

He added: "Roger had a big scare against someone [Falla] you wouldn't have expected him to have had a tough match with. So you do need to be switched on from the first match and I will be.

"Novak Djokovic has had an unbelievable year, Rafa's record here has been great the last few years and Roger's probably the best grass-court player ever, so it didn't really make a difference where I was drawn to be honest.

"I played him [Gimeno-Traver] in Valencia a few years ago and know him well from the juniors."

The world number four is hoping to become the first British winner of the men's singles at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 and is ready for the pressure.

After reaching the final of the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011, the Scot has yet to make it past the last four at SW19 but will not prepare for the tournament any differently.

"The pressure is the same - I want to win one of these tournaments and you've got to focus on each one," he said.

"I put pressure on myself, it's not about what everyone else says or what everyone else wants, it's what I want, it's what I work hard for all year, it's not just the two weeks when Wimbledon comes round.

"I put pressure on myself and that's because I want to do well."

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