Murray motivated to break major duck

Andy Murray says he once woke from a dream thinking he had won a grand slam event

Andy Murray says he once woke from a dream thinking he had won a grand slam event

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Andy Murray will literally be chasing a dream at Wimbledon after revealing he once woke up thinking he had won a grand slam.

The world number four kicks off his latest bid to win one of the sport's four major titles at the All England Club next week, and imagining himself breaking his duck is something he uses as a motivational tool.

He said: "I've dreamt about winning grand slams. I've woken up and thought I'd won a grand slam but I don't even know which one it was. There's stuff that of course you visualise and I think about a lot when I'm training, when I'm struggling in practice or when I'm finding a running session or a cardio session very tough."

He added: "It's something you tell yourself to give you that extra motivation."

Murray fell short at the French Open a fortnight ago, losing in the quarter-finals to David Ferrer, but this summer provides no time for licking wounds. After Wimbledon the players will only have three weeks before they return to SW19 for the Olympics, which is swiftly followed by the US Open.

Murray was named on Thursday as the first member of Britain's Olympic tennis team, and the schedule is something he has thought a lot about.

The 25-year-old said: "It's very challenging. All the players are in the same boat and you need to make sure you prepare properly for each one but also get the sufficient rest and make sure you're fresh going into the tournaments.

"You don't want to be mentally tired going into Wimbledon or the Olympics or the US Open so you need to make sure everything's planned out very well. I did that six or seven months ago with my team so hopefully it works well."

Murray is determined to put in a much better showing at his second Olympics after falling in the first round of the singles in Beijing to Lu Yen-hsun and then going out of the doubles in the second round with his brother Jamie.

But although things did not go well on the court, Murray still lists the Games as one of the best experiences of his career because of the opportunity to mix with other top sportsman and see them in action.

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