Andy Murray: My back gets stiff playing doubles. While my hip...

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Andy Murray: My back gets stiff playing doubles. While my hip...

Andy Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in four sets to reach the Wimbledon second round. In the post-match press conference, the British player assessed his performance. “I think like that match does a lot of good.

We spent kind of two-and-a-half hours on court with each other. We got better as the match went on. I think that’s the one thing that’s nice about the five-set doubles format, is you have time to work things out", said Murray.

“I’m still very competitive. When I go on the match court to compete, I want to win. I prepare properly. I try and do my best. Winning is nice, but it’s not the most important thing, which maybe it used to be. Now it’s not, which so far feels nice and just a little bit different, a little bit more relaxing, a little bit more sort of stress-free”.

On his physical condition, Murray, who was contesting his first match in the All England Club since his 2017 quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey, concluded: "My back gets a bit stiff playing doubles. It’s just quite different movements on the grass.

You’re kind of in a crouched-over position a lot when you’re up at the net, which is kind of different to what I’ve always trained and been used to playing singles." Murray and Herbert will face Franko Skugor and Nikola Mektic next.