Davydenko mocks Murray's on-court conduct
Nikolay Davydenko hinted that Wimbledon opponent Andy Murray feigns indifference or injury when he steps on court.
The pair step on Centre Court today to begin their campaigns at SW19, but Murray, whose form has dipped in recent weeks, has been dogged by a claim first made by Virginia Wade at the French Open of being a ‘drama queen’.
In his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen in Paris, Murray required physio treatment and limped through the first set before sparking into life and winning in four.
The Russian, however, insisted that Murray’s on-court demeanour was not taken too seriously by the rest of the players in the locker room, saying: “We just laugh.”
"Sometimes he walks on court, he looks tired, like he doesn't want to run any more and then he runs like an animal. He has done that all his career. He's, like: 'Ah, I don't want to play any more.' Then he starts returning and running and you see his condition is very good. Maybe it is a special Scottish thing.
"It doesn't matter what he says; he will fight for everything, he will try to win. He may have a pain somewhere but if you ask any player they will all say they have pains here and there. Nobody says they are perfect. It's just not possible."
The former world number three, however, does insist he owes Murray in one regard – despite a lengthy and successful career, the 32-year-old has never appeared on Centre Court before.
“Maybe I should thank Andy because at all the Grand Slams I have played on the main stadium court except at Wimbledon,” Davydenko added.
“I’ve never played well at Wimbledon but now at least I’ll have played there.
“So now I can say I played on all main courts.”