Andy Murray plays down favourable Wimbledon schedule

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.

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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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