She added: “Overall I’m coming into Wimbledon with some great time on the grass against some great players”.
“I used to base all my happiness on winning a tennis match”, Djokovic said. “That’s always been the case for me”.
“Players going into a tournament with injuries and niggles is nothing new, and it happens frequently on the tour”.
This one should also be a true cracker, with two quality shot makers and players who like to compete on the fastest surface.
The 30-year-old has lost nine of his 30 matches this year and withdrew from his final warm-up match due to a hip injury.
But the Scot insists he pays no attention to that, although he admits he is full of admiration for the way Federer, 35, continues to produce the goods at the very top level. “It’s one match at a time”.
“I’ll be fine to play the event and play seven matches”, he said. Practice each day has got a little bit better.
“But I feel okay. Each day I’ve felt better”. “I’ll try and watch a bit of video this evening with my team, see what we can get hold of, take it from there”. “If I am able to go through at the beginning, I think I’m with confidence”, he said.
“I want to be nervous and I want to feel the pressure at these events”. “It’s just been very sore the past few weeks”.
“I’ve felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I’ve been feeling”, Murray said.
There was good news, too, on the personal front.
Murray also confirmed reports he and wife Kim are expecting their second child.
Azarenka, who starts against Catherine Bellis of the United States, will be playing her first Grand Slam since taking time off after last year’s French Open to have her first child Leo in December.
Asked about the pain barrier he might have to play through here, Murray said: “Tennis is a tough sport and the demands we put on our bodies on a daily basis are huge”.
“I want to be nervous”.
“If I feel like I am today, I’d be delighted and have no issues getting through”.
“Obviously a little bit more experience, a bit older now”.
Andy Murray is Alexander Bublik is the first match on Centre Court, with a scheduled start of 1pm BST, 5.30pm IST.
In contrast Bublik is happy just to be here, after losing 12-10 in the final set of his third round qualifying match last week.
The weather forecast for the early days of the tournament suggests little or no rain but play is guaranteed on Centre Court thanks to the roof, which has been in place since 2009.
It used to be you knew what you got – with seven titles in ten years installing him on a plinth with no parallel in the pantheon of legend.