Andy Murray believes other British players enjoying success at Wimbledon can only help him in his bid to win a second title at the All England Club.
Four British men are into round two at SW19 for the first time since 2006 as Murray ensured progress with a 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 victory over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin on Tuesday.
Joining the Scot is James Ward and Aljaz Bedene, as well as Liam Broady who won on Monday, while Heather Watson also made it through in the women’s draw.
Murray takes a strong interest in his compatriots’ results and while the British number one insists it is not his job to bring through the next generation of stars, he admits their success does give him a boost.
“For me, it’s nice, I know all of them fairly well,” Murray said.
“I’ve obviously spent a lot of time training with James, really more in the last 12 to 18 months.
“Aljaz I don’t know so well, Heather obviously had a good win today, too.
“It’s good for British tennis. The more wins and more players we can have in these events, it makes a difference.”
Murray added: “Is it important to my legacy? No, because that’s the job of the LTA, to capitalise on any success that players have just now.
“That isn’t up to me, I don’t think. But what I do enjoy doing is being around the other British players, chatting to them, helping them, practising with them.
“Being around them is good for me, as well. It helps them too so it’s win win really.
“But I don’t feel like it’s my job to also create more tennis players. That’s the job of the LTA.”
Murray and his fellow Britons had to overcome sweltering heat with temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius during the afternoon in south west London.
Kukushkin certainly made his opponent sweat, particularly in the second set when the Kazakh was 6-5 up and serving, but he failed to convert and Murray was spared a lengthy contest.
“It was definitely hot today, I haven’t played loads of matches on that court when it has been as warm as that,” Murray said.
“The day I played Novak (Djokovic) in the final, it was extremely hot, but I don’t remember playing so many matches at Wimbledon where it was into the thirties.
“The on court temperature I was told was 41 degrees on court when I was playing so it was very hot.
“That changes the way the court plays and the way the match plays out, too.
“I was glad to get off in three sets and a couple of hours because ideally you don’t want to be playing extremely long matches in those conditions because it’s tough.”
Murray, who now faces Holland’s Robin Haase in round two, has been working on a more aggressive style of play with the help of new coach Jonas Bjorkman, but opportunities to dominate points were few and far between.
Kukushkin dictated the direction of the match with his dangerous, but inconsistent forehand, and Murray at times appeared at the mercy of his opponent’s momentum.
“For me it’s a bit frustrating because you obviously want to go out there and perform as best you can, whereas today I didn’t feel like I was able to do that because of the way that he was playing,” Murray said.
“He was hitting the ball this high (very low) over the net and so flat and down the line.
“It’s very difficult to dictate points when your opponent’s playing like that.”
Murray added: “The way he played just made it extremely difficult to play offensive tennis.
“You just have to sometimes knuckle down and try to get the win.”