Andy Murray Aims For 2nd Wimbledon Final
Andy Murray has insisted he will not be cowed by his 6ft 8in opponent when he steps on to Centre Court today to fight for his place in the Wimbledon final.
The 26-year-old will face Jerzy Janowicz, 22, in the second match on the All England Club's famous lawn and expects the tie to be a ``very tough match''.
Janowicz, the first Polish man in history to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, stands nearly half a foot taller than the Scot and is renowned for his power on court.
They will square off after Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.
``Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him,'' Murray wrote in his BBC column.
``If anything, it's more likely that a player's endurance ability is something I'd find it hard to compete against. If you know someone can outlast you, it puts a lot more pressure on the beginning of the match.
``If someone just has a big shot then you can try to find ways to take that away from them.''
Murray, who himself stands at 6ft 3in, spoke of his nerves ahead of the clash but said any anxiety would help ensure he was ``pumped'' for the match.
``I'll certainly need to be sharp from the outset against Jerzy Janowicz, as I have to take every chance that comes my way,'' he said.
``There's a lot more to his game than people might think - he's got good touch and plays a lot of drop shots - but, at 6ft 8in and with a big serve, it's pretty obvious that I will need to return well. That's always been one of the strengths of my game.''
The encounter comes after a difficult quarter-final for Murray who found himself on the brink of defeat before he clawed his way back to victory against Spain's Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.
He later hailed the ``unbelievable atmosphere'' on court and reiterated his belief that support from the home crowd was crucial to his campaign.
``I love it when it's like that,'' he said.
``It was extremely noisy. They were right into it pretty much every single point.''
He added: ``If they can be like that from the first point to the last in all of the matches, it makes a huge difference.''
A win today means Murray will stay on course to become the first British player to lift the men's Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936.