Andy Murray on Wimbledon's 'special atmosphere'

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Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray through to round four

WIMBLEDON 2013

Venue:
All England Club, London
Date:
24 June - 7 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live, plus 10 live streams available on the BBC Sport website, tablet, mobile and connected TV.

The second week of Wimbledon is a special time for me, and I only wish there were more seats on Centre Court so everyone could share the experience.

Every year I've played here the support has been excellent and I just need it to stay that way during the rest of my matches, because it really helps. Hopefully it will keep on building like it did last year at Wimbledon and the Olympics.

The atmosphere for my match against Tommy Robredo on Friday evening was great and I think having the roof closed does make a bit of a difference.

It's a shame it feels like that in some ways, because I don't think the crowd are any louder whether the roof is open or closed, but in an outdoor arena some of the noise gets lost.

Wimbledon has its own special atmosphere, and it can seem a bit quieter at times. The tournament has built its history on tradition and good manners, and you have to respect that. The crowd do get right into the matches, they're just extremely respectful.

It was a bit more raucous during the Olympics though, and personally I enjoy that. It's something we experience at a lot of the other tournaments around the world.

I got a reminder of just what an incredible place Centre Court was last summer when I was invited into the Royal Box for the first time on Saturday, along with Britain's other gold medallists from London 2012.

To get all those athletes in one place at the same time outside of a major competition was a pretty good effort, and it was nice to see people like Sir Chris Hoy and Anthony Joshua again.

It did mean I had to rush from practising at Aorangi Park to Centre Court, grab a shower and put on a suit, and there were a few nervous moments when I cut myself shaving. A bit of tissue paper did the trick though - I think I got away with it!

The reception I got was pretty special and the level of support here is just incredible. I know tickets are extremely hard to come by at Wimbledon and every year you get so many people queuing to come and watch; it's just a shame there isn't a seat for everyone. It looks like people manage to have a pretty good time out on the hill though!

I can understand that desperation to see big sporting events, although I'm not sure about the camping part. I might not be up for that, but I'd make the effort to fly overseas and watch boxing or a big football match.

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You see the amazing numbers of fans that British fighters take with them to the States and I suppose we're lucky enough to have something similar at Wimbledon - they're just queuing across the road rather than at airports.

I'm sure Monday will be another big day for the British fans, especially as Laura Robson has also made it through to the second week for the first time here. It's great for her and, if it takes a bit of the spotlight off me, I think that would definitely help.

While I'm trying to keep focused on the next match, I know Wimbledon is a big talking point for people and there's lots of interest and opinions flying around.

It was the same with Tim Henman when I was growing up, although I was very young when I used to watch Wimbledon on the TV. By the time Tim started to do well, I was a bit older and always travelling or playing the juniors, so I never got a full-blown case of Henmania.

The excitement is building again this year and, while I feel it too, it's important that I keep a lid on it.

Mikhail Youzhny is a good grass-court player with lots of experience, and he reached the final in Halle a couple of weeks ago, so all my focus needs to be on how to beat him on Monday.

If those of you camping and queuing still have the energy to make plenty of noise by the time the match comes around, that will certainly help. Hopefully I can do my bit on the court.

Andy Murray was talking to BBC Sport's Piers Newbery.

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