Andy Murray came through a practice session at Wimbledon unscathed yesterday and said he still plans to play his first round despite a niggling hip injury.
"But on Monday (at Wimbledon) everyone starts from the same position. but we are one of the favourites for the tournament and we will do as well as we can".
Asked how the hip was feeling, Murray said "It's okay", adding that he planned to play his opening match against Alexander Bublik on Monday.
"We have been playing together for 18 months now and hope we keep playing together and finish the year as strong as we can". When I was playing Futures past year, I felt like I was better [than the opposition], so I was doing insane things and not winning matches. I just remember he had a great forehand.
Murray is still expected to play on Friday before he begins the defence of his Wimbledon title on 3 July.
The world number one, 30, was scheduled to play an exhibition match at Hurlingham Club in London on Friday. "He was hitting two days ago with Dimitrov and hitting the ball great". "I'm not following tennis that much", the world No 134 said.
Only two weeks after that Dubai success, Murray was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open just before it started due to a right elbow injury. But that time I went somewhere in a forest, sitting there and I'm like, "Okay, whatever". Of course not. Are you kidding me?' And he's like, 'No, you're playing Andy.' And I'm, like, 'Nah.' And he's like, 'Take the draw'.
"Andy's as tough as nails and I think he's going to be there on Monday". "I'd be happy to say if it was because it would also give me an excuse for why I maybe haven't played my best this year".
"Over the best of five sets, over two weeks, only the tough survive".