Wimbledon 2018: Andy Murray carrying lighter load than usual at Wimbledon

Andy Murray

Murray has only played three matches since making his comeback from injury

Murray, 31, sounded nearly relieved to be spared the usual pre-Wimbledon hype on Saturday during a news conference in which he said he would most likely be fit to play. "But if I feel like I do today in a couple of days, I'll be playing". "It has been hard, but enjoyed it, whereas this year it feels very, very different".

Edmund will likely be the bigger hope for British fans after reaching a career-high No. 17 in the world rankings and an Australian Open semifinal earlier this year.

Despite his lack of match practice, Murray has opted to give it a go at his home Grand Slam, where he will play in a best of five sets tournament for the first time since his Wimbledon quarter-final defeat against Sam Querrey 12 months ago.

But Murray is keen to temper any hysteria about his return. There is no danger of me injuring my hip more than any other stage', Murray assured.

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Murray, who is now ranked 156th and has only played in three competitive matches since last year's tournament, is returning to Wimbledon following hip surgery last year. "I don't think I played unbelievable in the matches, but I think I've done well, considering the opponents".

"The thing is I obviously don't know every single day how things will be. That's really positive for me as part of getting better, to compete again".

The 36-year-old has potential encounters with Lukas Lacko, Leonardo Mayer and Borna Coric, who beat Federer in the Halle final last weekend, knocking the 20-time major victor off the top of the ATP rankings.

The 31-year-old from Dunblane defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final to become the first British Wimbledon champion in 77 years.

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While saying he is "pumped" to be back Murray will not be taking any chances and believes he will only really know where he stands once he has played a best-of-five-set match.

"I can't predict how I'm going to feel in two days". I can't answer that question honestly.

"I need to be mindful of how I'm feeling on a day-to-day basis. Right now you can't say with 100 percent certainty when you only started competing 10 days ago how you're going to feel after every match and each day".

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