Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray declares himself fit for quarter finals


Andy Murray said the back injury that took him out of this season's French Open was "no cause for concern" after reaching Wimbledon's quarter-finals. Murray had a difficult match in the fourth round and he appeared to wince at times during the 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over Mikhail Youzhny on Monday. The journalists asked him about his back after the match and Murray said: "It felt way, way better than it was a few weeks ago. Now that I'm playing, there's no chance I would stop. I mean, unless I couldn't hold the racquet."

Murray did admit though that he had taken an extra 20 minutes to carry out his post-match recovery on Tuesday. "I need to make sure I do all the right things, like ice bathing, having my massage, and taking care of my body," said Murray. "Obviously, a few weeks ago I missed the French Open. I don't want it to be a case of things creeping back up on me. I want to take care of my body. It's my main priority, this tournament."

Murray, seeded second for the tournament, hasn't dropped a single set during the first four rounds but he did find himself under pressure in the first two sets against Youzhny. "There's a few times on the court where you feel things," he said. "You just have to find a way of managing those issues and getting through them because a lot of guys have had problems during this Slam especially. A lot of guys have had trainers on court and whatnot. So everyone's got little niggles and stuff. You just have to manage them and get through it."

Murray will face world number 54 Fernando Verdasco for a place in the semi-finals on Wednesday. "Verdasco is a very, very good tennis player," said Murray. "Very good at tennis. He's playing very well this week. He's extremely dangerous when he's on his game." Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Fernando Verdasco to win - 9/1
Andy Murray to win - 1/16
Under 34.5 games - 5/6
Over 34.5 games - 5/6

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