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Tennis: Murray 'unlikely' to play for Britain against Serbia in Davis Cup

AFP , Monday 11 Jul 2016
 Andy Murray
Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the mens singles final against Canada's Milos Raonic (Reuters)
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Andy Murray said Monday he was unlikely to play for defending champions Britain away to Serbia in this week's Davis Cup quarter-finals after winning his second Wimbledon title.

Murray, who beat Milos Raonic in straight sets in Sunday's Wimbledon final, said he would travel to Belgrade in any case to support the team, and would discuss his participation with captain Leon Smith later Monday.

"I spoke to Leon last night at the ball briefly," the world number two told a victory press conference at the All England Club.

"I'll chat to him this afternoon to make a final decision.

"I'd say it's looking unlikely but even if I don't play, I'm still probably going to go anyway just to be there with the team."

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, who suffered a shock defeat to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round, will not be taking part in the contest, saying he was not feeling "100 percent".

The last-eight tie will be staged on clay at the Tasmajdan Stadium. The three-day contest starts Friday.

Murray led Britain to their first Davis Cup success in 79 years with victory over Belgium in November and the trophy was on display at the Wimbledon Museum during the tournament.

If Murray was to play against Serbia, it would mean him switching from the grass of Wimbledon to clay in Belgrade, before shifting again to hard courts for the Canadian Open and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.

Olympic title defence

Murray said he was looking forward to defending the Olympic title he won at the London 2012 Games, when the Rio tournament gets under way on August 6.

"The Olympics is important to me," the Scot told BBC television.

"I loved the experience and winning a gold medal, you realise how special it is.

"I want to try and perform well at the Olympics and then the US Open comes just a few weeks after that as well.

"I need to get a few decent weeks of practice on the hard courts."

The 2012 US Open is the only other Grand Slam title Murray has won, besides his 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon crowns.

In Sunday's Wimbledon final, Murray brushed aside Canada's Raonic with an imperious 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2) victory.

Murray said he would like to overtake Djokovic as the world number one, but admitted it would be a tough task.

"It's possible. I'd rather set the bar as high as possible and not quite achieve it than say I'd be happy finishing at five in the world," the 29-year-old said.

"I'd love to get to number one but a lot of people are forgetting what Novak's done.

"The last 18 months, he's been unbelievable and hardly lost any matches at all. If I want to get there, I need to try to win more matches against him."

British Prime Minister David Cameron was in the Royal Box on Centre Court with his mother for Sunday's final and afterwards on court Murray said he did not fancy the premier's job.

"Did I mean to embarrass Cameron? No I certainly didn't," Murray told fans in a live question and answer session on Facebook.

"I appreciate he came to support yesterday and came to watch and like I said afterwards -- it's one of the hardest jobs in the world with lots and lots of responsibility.

"I don't envy anyone who is in a position like that -- it's extremely difficult."

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