Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray plays down pressure of defending title
Last Updated: 09/06/14 2:15pm
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says the only pressure he will feel when he defends his title this month will be self-imposed.
The 27-year-old became Britain's first male Wimbledon winner in 76 years when he beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final.
But the huge media and public attention which came with the achievement - the second Grand Slam title of his career - has not phased Murray, who reached the semi-finals at the French Open last week, which sees him climb up from eight in the world rankings to five.
"Pressure from the press and media or public perspective? I don't think so," Murray, who is also the reigning champion at grasscourt tournament Queen's, told Sky Sports News.
"But from my own expectations, I will definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well.
"When you're defending a title, you want to do it properly and play good tennis and if you can't do it you want to lose to a great performance by your opponent so I'll put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well and hopefully I can have a good tournament."
Murray announced the appointment of former women's world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach on Sunday as he looks to get his campaign firing on all cylinders.
He has been without a coach since Ivan Lendl stood down from the position in mid-March.
Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal has also turned his sights to Wimbledon as he basks in the glory of his ninth French Open title.
Nadal beat Djokovic at Rokand Garros on Sunday to win his ninth French Open title and his 14th Grand Slam title. And despite having two Wimbledon crowns to his name, Nadal's recent record at the event is poor.
I am healthy, that's the most important thing. I hope my knee will have a positive feeling on grass because I felt my knee was better last year on the other surfaces. Grass is always a little bit harder for me after injury.
A second-round exit at the hands of Lukas Rosol in 2012 sparked a seven-month absence with knee problems for Nadal, while in 2013 world number 135 Steve Darcis dispatched his illustrious opponent.
"I am going to Halle on Monday (for the grasscourt warm-up event in Germany). I want to try to play well at Wimbledon again," said Nadal.
"I am healthy, that's the most important thing. I hope my knee will have a positive feeling on grass because I felt my knee was better last year on the other surfaces.
"Grass is always a little bit harder for me after injury. I played Wimbledon in 2012 with my knee injury and I never played another match after. Last year I tried but I was not ready enough to compete."
Nadal in the top seed for the event in Halle, but the Spaniard admitted he was not sure how he will fare after missing the event last season.
"I know probably the result will not be the perfect one because the days of preparation are not the right ones," he said.
"And after how tough the match was against Novak physically, I will be more tired."