Andy Murray plays down favourable Wimbledon schedule

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand return during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27,
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Andy Murray insists that his chances of defending Wimbledon haven't been improved by a favourable schedule.

Andy Murray has insisted that his chances of defending Wimbledon haven't been improved by a favourable schedule.

Murray breezed through the first three rounds without dropping a set and hasn't been affected by the weather, unlike some at SW19.

Fifth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, for example, has been less fortunate. The Swiss's third-round clash with Denis Istomin was cancelled amid heavy rain on Saturday, meaning he could face five matches in seven days to reach his first Wimbledon final.

When asked if he could stand to benefit from the rejigged schedule, Murray told PA: "Not really. I've played many Grand Slams and sometimes the schedule works in your favour and sometimes it doesn't.

"At least they'll have had a two-day break so they'll be completely fresh when they start. It's just bad luck. It happens sometimes.

"I've had situations where the schedule hasn't worked out. You just get on with it."

Murray will take on South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the fourth round on Monday.

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles third round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 27, 2014
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060