ANDY Murray cruised into round three of the Olympic tennis at Wimbledon yesterday – and urged the country to be patient when it comes to gold medals.
Andy, 25, who will face Marcos Baghdatis in his next match, just as he did in SW19 a few weeks ago, said: "A lot of people are just expecting us to do well because it's a home Olympics. In Beijing the GB team did unbelievably well.
"To play in front of a home crowd is different. Support helps, it makes a big difference, but it also adds pressure.
"You make one mistake in some of the events and it's done. We're lucky in tennis that we can play a few bad games or a bad set or whatever.
"As long as everyone keeps working hard and doing their best that's all we can do. From what I've seen (of other sports) everyone's been trying their best.
"Everyone has just got to keep fighting. I spoke to my brother Jamie after we lost in the doubles the other day and he felt it was a chance to do something really special here. It's not easy.
"I'm sure a lot of them are disappointed not to have done so well. The most important thing is to try and use it as motivation to try and get stronger, to get better, keep improving.
"In a few years time in Rio (2016 Olympic Games) we'll have more chances of a medal hopefully. There's a long way to go still and I'm sure we are going to do well."
Swatting aside Nieminen will have given Murray extra satisfaction – the last time he faced the Finn, at this year's French Open, he came out victorious but not without eight painkilling injections before the match.
The world number four will play in the mixed doubles competition after it was confirmed he and Laura Robson will join forces for Team GB.
He said: "When you play in front of packed crowds it helps. When it's home support and it's with you it helps, it helps a lot.
"The atmosphere has been great since the first match of the tennis. Hopefully I can keep going because it's fun to play in an atmosphere like this."
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