Revitalised Murray in perfect mood


World number four Andy Murray insists he is in the perfect frame of mind to put an end to his Wimbledon semi-final woe. Murray’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the last eight on Wednesday set up a showdown with defending champion Rafael Nadal in the last four on Friday. The 24-year-old will be the underdog against the world number one as he has fallen at this hurdle for the last two years, losing to Andy Roddick in 2009 and Nadal 12 months ago. But Murray, who is bidding to become the first British winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936, has been revitalised since purging the bitter memory of January’s Australian Open final defeat against Novak Djokovic. The British star is adamant his impressive form over the last month — which included reaching the French Open semi-finals and winning at Queen’s — has given him the confidence to cope with facing Nadal.
“I was not in a great position mentally after Australia, but I didn’t feel like I was in a crisis. I just needed to make some changes and think about some things,” he said. “As soon as Monte Carlo came round, I’d spent some time training, I’d made some changes, got my head in the right place, and my tennis wasn’t that sort of far behind. It didn’t take that long to get it back. “I feel good now. You don’t know until you get out there but I feel good. I’ve played well so far and I feel comfortable.