LONDON - Defending champion Andy Murray and last year's runner-up Novak Djokovic take Centre Court stage as Wimbledon gets underway on Monday with both men having points to prove.
A proud Scot he may be but Murray, who ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion when he cruised past the Serb in the 2013 final, finds himself thrust into the role of British cheerleader following England's World Cup football misery. Murray starts his campaign against baby-faced Belgian David Goffin, shrugging off any nationwide post-Brazil trauma, preferring to concentrate on a smooth start in the Wimbledon sunshine.
The 27-year-old, who has not made another final since last year's Wimbledon history-making title, also wants to put those who have criticised his choice of Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach firmly in their place.
"I think Amelie will help me. I've really enjoyed the last 10 days I spent on the court with her. It's been great," said Murray, who has reached at least the semi-finals on his last five appearances at the All England Club. Goffin, 23, is ranked at 104 and enjoyed a run to the third round in 2012.
That came just weeks after he recorded his best result at a major when he came through qualifying to make the fourth round at the French Open, before losing in four sets to Roger Federer.