Form does not worry Murray

Andy Murray has played down the significance of his recent losing streak on grass, claiming the results in his exhibition matches to be “completely irrelevant”.

The British number one goes into Wimbledon on the back of a defeat by Nicolas Mahut at Queen’s and losses to Janko Tipsarevic and Novak Djokovic in non-tournament clashes at The Boodles.

His defeat at Queen’s was a major surprise, with Murray’s defence of the AEGON Championships ending in his first match following a deciding-set tie-break with Frenchman Mahut.

Although Murray was disappointed to bow out of that competition at such an early stage, he says nothing should be read into his results against Serbian duo Tipsarevic and Djokovic.

“We’ll see when the tournament starts,” the three-time Wimbledon semi-finalist said.

“The match at Queen’s is the one I would look at. It was a close match that I lost there. The exhibition matches, the result is completely irrelevant.”

“Practice has been good, though. I’ve trained well. Each day I’ve felt a bit better on the grass. Hopefully I’ll feel good on Tuesday.”

Murray has been handed a tough draw, beginning with a clash with former world number three Nikolay Davydenko in the first round on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old reached the semi-final stage at five consecutive grand slams before losing in the last eight to David Ferrer at the French Open recently, but he is still waiting for a first major title.

Murray added: “I always feel good going into the slams, especially the last few years, because that’s what I’ve been trying to peak for and trying to play my best tennis at.

“Sometimes I might not have played my best in other tournaments because of it. I need to do a better job of trying to play my best all the time throughout the year.”