LONDON Jul 4 2012
As controversy swirled around him, Andy Murray insisted there'd be no finger waving at cautious officials if he blew his golden chance to win Wimbledon.
Even after Murray ignored the fuss over his centre-court fourth-round snubbing to surge into the quarter-finals, the British media inquiry continued.
Nagging rain forced the big home hope to back up for three days straight while defending champion Novak Djokovic had his feet up after finishing his fourth-round match under the comforts of the closed roof on Monday.
The conservative All England Club was accused of being overly neutral at the expense of their own country's greatest title hope.
Murray, though, refused to join the moaning and said he wouldn't be playing any blame game if he failed to seize on Rafael Nadal's early demise to at least reach Sunday's final.
"I don't think just because you're from that country, you should necessarily get preferential treatment," Murray said after completing a stop-start 7-5 6-2 6-3 win over Queen's Club champion Marin Cilic.
"Obviously, all of the players would say they would rather play on centre because they know they're going to finish their match.
"I don't deserve to play all my matches on centre court. Someone like Roger (Federer) does.
"It's not a bad thing playing on the outside court. It's just when the conditions are bad, it's not ideal to be out there because matches can last for two, three days and then you get a backlog."
Bidding to become Britain's first men's grand slam champion since Fred Perry won the US Open in 1936, fourth-seeded Murray said it wasn't just him having to back up for three days straight.
"There's lots of guys in exactly the same position," he said.
"Anyone will tell you if you play four matches in eight days, it's better than playing four matches in five or six days.
"The more rest you can get the better, but it's part of playing grand slam tennis.
"Often it's happened to me in the past at the US Open, where there's been like a backlog of matches.
"It's not going to be the only time it happens here either."
The not-yet Great Scot also acknowledged his own good fortune in having been able to finish his third-round match against Marcos Baghdatis under the retractable roof and past the 11pm council curfew last Saturday night.
"I played better against Baghdatis under the roof than I did than when it was open," he said.
Murray, a three-times grand slam runner-up, was due to play Spain's world No.5 David Ferrer early on Thursday morning (AEST) for a place in the semi-finals for the fourth successive year.
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