Murray relishes perfect victory over Roddick

Andy Murray admits his imperious 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andy Roddick in the semi-finals at Queen's was the perfect tonic ahead of Wimbledon.

Updated: June 12, 2011 11:38 IST
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London: Andy Murray admits his imperious 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andy Roddick in the semi-finals at Queen's was the perfect tonic ahead of Wimbledon.

Murray arrived at the Wimbledon warm-up event with serious concerns over the ankle ligament injury he suffered at the French Open, but the world number four's worries have been eased by an impressive week in west London.

After coming through two testing matches against Xavier Malisse and Janko Tipsarevic, Murray had the bonus of resting his ankle for an extra day after Marin Cilic pulled out of their quarter-final.

That helped the ankle improve significantly and, combined with his demolition of Roddick, this has been a good seven days for Murray regardless of the result of Sunday's final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"The week's been pretty much perfect so far," Murray said. "I came through a tough first two matches, and then this was a real test against someone that I might have to play if I want to go all the way at Wimbledon.

"It just gives me the message that I'm in a good place now. I'm playing well. I struggled at times this year, but I feel like now I'm playing really good tennis again.

"Physically I feel good, which is important. My game's where it needs to be right now. That's all you can ask for.

"Regardless of how the match goes tomorrow, it's been the perfect week in many ways, and I'll use the next five, six days to really work hard and get myself mentally and physically ready for Wimbledon."

Murray, who won Queen's for the first time in 2009, can rarely have played better than he did against Roddick and he admitted it was one of those days when everything came off.

"It was a good test to see where my game's at and now I know I'm obviously playing well on this surface. I'm moving well. The ankle's feeling good and I served well," he said.

"I hardly gave him a chance on anything. When I was trying different shots, all of them were going in.

"I came up with a lot of really good passing shots, which on another day you're not going to make every single one. Today was just one of those days where everything went right."

After so many successful campaigns at Queen's, the manner of Roddick's defeat was a bitter pill for the four-time champion to swallow.

But he took some consolation from the knowledge it was one of those days when Murray was in such a rich vein of form that he was impossible to stop.

"I thought he played great. Everything he touched turned to gold," Roddick said.

"I felt like I hit the ball well and my serve had to be close to 70 percent but he was just too good for me."

While Murray's performance will inevitably be hailed as a sign that he is capable of finally ending the long wait for a British men's winner at Wimbledon, Roddick refused to join in the hype.

"Let's calm down. He played a lot better today than when we played two years ago, but let's not act like it's a complete transformation. The guy was still three in the world two years ago," Roddick added.

Roddick arrived at Queen's at a low ebb after missing the French Open with a shoulder injury and losing in the first round of several tournaments.

But, despite this heavy defeat, Roddick leaves in a more positive frame of mind ahead of Wimbledon.

"After having not played well for two months or so, getting into a good run here wasn't an easy thing," he said.

"I thought I played well. I got four matches, which is really important, and I feel prepared going into the practice week for Wimbledon, so it was a good week for me.

"This certainly doesn't affect my confidence going into Wimbledon."

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