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John McEnroe warns Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon

2010-06-22 06:13:59 GMT2010-06-22 14:13:59 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Andy Murray during a practice session ahead of Wimbledon

USA's John McEnroe returns the ball to Iran's Mansour Bahrami and France's Henri Leconte during a men's legends match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The three-time champion turned commentator was at the All England Club yesterday to recreate his infamous ‘You cannot be serious’ outburst, which has been voted the nation’s most memorable Wimbledon moment from the past 75 years in a poll by Robinsons.

Fourth seed Murray, who is in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal, today has a seemingly straight-forward first-round match with Czech world No.80 Jan Hajek.

With Nadal absent, the Scot reached the semi-finals last year before losing to eventual runner-up Andy Roddick. But McEnroe reckons world No.4 Murray will do well to repeat his heroics this year.

‘I was confident Andy would go all the way to the final last year but Roddick produced an unbelievable game to beat him,’ McEnroe said.

‘But I’m maybe not as sure he will do that again this year as he’s not playing as well, I don’t know why.

‘But Andy loves grass and he’s certainly one of those in the mix, along with [Roger] Federer, Nadal and Roddick.

‘Murray will potentially face Nadal down the line but I have a feeling it will be a lot harder this year.’

McEnroe accepts the pressure on Murray to end Britain’s 74-year wait for a men’s singles champion must weigh heavily on the 23-year-old.

‘Being from New York there was huge pressure on me to win the US Open so I know what it’s like to have that expectation at your home tournament,’ McEnroe added.

‘But it’s nothing like Murray has here. Because no British man has won here for 70 odd years, every year it’s getting harder – Tim Henman had the same thing.

‘Andy has to deal with that but I think last year he showed he’s learning to do so.’

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