Returning hero Murray ready for business as usual

Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:38pm EDT
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By Sam Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon welcomes back a British men's singles champion for the first time in 78 years on Monday but Andy Murray says he will allow himself only a brief moment to milk the adulation before getting down to business.

Not since Fred Perry's return as defending champion in 1936, when he went on to win retain the title in his last appearance at the tournament, has the All England Club been able to celebrate the achievements of a home favorite on the opening day of the championships.

After his momentous defeat of Serbia's Novak Djokovic on the final Sunday last July, Murray has the honor of opening proceedings on Center Court against Belgium David Goffin in what he hopes will be the first step to retaining his title.

"I think tomorrow, I need to enjoy that moment when I walk back on the court," the world number five, told reporters.

"But as soon as I start playing the match it's about trying to win. I enjoy winning. That's it. I mean I don't really want to go out on the court tomorrow and enjoy playing and then lose.

"It's time when I get on the court to start concentrating, not think about last year. Concentrate on this year's tournament, and that's it."

The 27-year-old Scot has made Centre Court his home in recent years. Since losing to Roger Federer in the 2012 men's singles final he has been unbeatable on the hallowed turf, a run that has included an Olympic gold and a Wimbledon title.

Not since 2008 has Murray failed to reach the semi-finals at his home slam, with the vast majority of those victories coming on Centre Court.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain leaves following a training session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville