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Andy Murray aims to be fighting fit for Wimbledon defence

Christy Curtis | 02 July, 2017, 00:46

Though defending champion and world No. 1 Andy Murray enters Wimbledon as the top seed for the first time in his career, he is not the favorite to win the Grand Slam.

On Thursday, Murray revealed he wouldn t play his second exhibition on Friday because he wanted to continue resting his hip. I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favorites.

But his return to practice suggests there is no question that he will not open the programme at 1pm on Monday as is tradition for the defending champion.

Asked if he would be fit to play on Monday, Murray replied: 'I hope so, that's the plan'.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, the current Australian Open champion and a seven-time victor at Wimbledon, was drawn against world number 84 Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine while Serbian Novak Djokovic will begin his hunt for a fourth men's singles crown at the venue against Slovakia's Martin Klizan. While he did sit out the 2017 French Open at Stade Roland Garros earlier this summer, he will be back in full force for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

"You need to feel confident in your body at some stage, otherwise what's the point?"

"Because it's a big deal you feel like you want to be at 100 per cent, or at least as close to 100 per cent as you can be".

Murray pulls out of Hurlingham
Such a disjointed lead-up will not help Murray's chances at the Championships, which will be the most open for a long time. World number one Andy Murray has pulled out of his first exhibition match at Hurlingham Club with a sore hip .

But Federer says Murray is experienced enough on grass to be able to quickly adapt to the unique demands on the surface.

While reporters quizzed Federer on Saturday about who in the game's young brigade could become the first man outside that quartet to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, the Swiss felt it would be best to keep faith with the usual suspects. He might even thrive in these conditions.

Wasn't all that long ago that folks were figuring Federer's best days were long behind him. German youngster Alexander Zverev, who won his maiden Masters 1000 title in Rome earlier this year, is drawn in the third quarter and early clash against Raonic awaits him.

Roger Federer begins his bid for an eighth title against Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Nadal will open against John Millman and second seed Novak Djokovic starts against Martin Klizan.

"Everyone knows how nice that tradition is".

"Away from those five players, I'm not sure how deep we're talking about".

"I would be absolutely amazed if Andy didn t do it".

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