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Andy Murray admitted the pressure is now firmly on after making it through to the fourth round of Wimbledon on Friday.
Murray is yet to drop a set at SW19 this year and once again demonstrated his class as he cruised through to the second week of the tournament thanks to a 6-2 6-4 7-5 victory over Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
The 26-year-old will now face the winner of the clash between Mikhail Youzhny and Viktor Troicki and following the exits of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic, 20th seed Youzhny is now the highest ranked man the home favourite can face on his way to the final.
It now looks likely Murray will meet world number one Novak Djokovic in next Sunday’s showpiece and having reached last year’s final and also won Olympic gold on Centre Court, the Scot certainly won’t be overawed by the occasion.
However, with no Briton having claimed victory in the men’s singles since Fred Perry in 1936, Murray admits the pressure is building and says he cannot afford to get ahead of himself, otherwise he could face disaster.
“Upsets are never far away and you have to be very focused on your game to avoid that,” said Murray.
“People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of how the draw has worked out.
“I think there’s a lot more pressure on me now with them (big names) being out. You need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match.”