London: Andy Murray has abundant confidence but the self-awareness that belief alone will not guide him to a second Wimbledon title.
Andy Murray during a pratice session in London yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
The in-form Scot has a Tuesday start against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, a Russian-born 27-year-old who reached the third round last year.
Arguably Murray is at the very peak of his career, with three titles and a win-loss record of 41-6 for the year so far demonstrating why many are tipping him to repeat his 2013 Wimbledon triumph.
"I think in any sport, winning gives you confidence," Murray said. "This year I've won a lot of matches — more than I ever have in my career to this point in a season. It's been a good start this year. I hope I can keep it up."
Murray, 10 years on from his Wimbledon debut, will not allow himself to be caught up in the frenzy of expectation that surrounds his arrival at the All England Club each year.
"It's very easy to get carried away and look ahead, and think, I'm playing great tennis, everything's going to be fine," Murray said.