Murray will be under pressure in first-round tie, insists opponent

Roger Federer's experience yesterday against Alejandro Falla underlined the fact that nothing can be taken for granted, but if Andy Murray had hand-picked his first-round opponent here this afternoon he would no doubt have come up with someone like Jan Hajek.

The world No 90, who meets Murray for the first time, has never won a match on grass at tour level and was beaten in the first round by Juan Carlos Ferrero in his only appearance here three years ago, although he won the first two sets against the then world No 18. About the only common ground he has ever shared with Murray, who admits he has never seen his opponent play, was the fact that Andre Agassi was his favourite player when he was growing up.

The 26-year-old Czech did not break into the world's top 100 until earlier this year and has never won a tour title. He is a late developer, having suffered in the past from a heart problem that at one stage threatened his career.

Hajek has sought advice about Murray from his fellow Czech, Tomas Berdych, who beat the Scot at the recent French Open. "I know he is one of the best players around, but all I can do is try my best," Hajek said. "I know he will be under pressure. When I saw the draw it was tough for me, but I feel I can play a good game on grass. I haven't played many matches this year on grass but I think I move well on the surface."

He added: "For sure, Murray is better at serving and moves better on grass. He moves like a cat. But I think it's 50-50 from the baseline. I think I can play with him from there if I can start well."

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