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After lingering on court to sign autographs — one excited boy hugged an oversized tennis ball adorned with his man’s signature as though it were the most precious thing he’d ever held — Murray was asked whether last year’s success at the Summer Games and Flushing Meadows alleviated Britain’s intense desire for him to win it all at the All England Club.

“Uh, no, from what I’ve heard,” he replied. “People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of how the draw’s worked out. I’ve just got to try and stay focused, not worry about that stuff. But it’s hard.”