Murray shows flickers of former self

Watching from his box was his mother, Judy, who helped teach him the game -- as well as another woman who will presumably be his guide for the near future. With only 10 days of working together on grass, Amelie Mauresmo hasn't been with Murray long enough to effect any great change in his approach, but she has already been the target of a number of strikes from afar. Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win the Wimbledon title (1977), sniped at Murray's choice to succeed Ivan Lendl, calling the two-time Grand Slam singles champion "a little fragile mentally."

Murray said he wasn't surprised at her less-than-charitable comments but declined to elaborate. (Wade famously called him a "drama queen" after he played through a back spasm at the French Open two years ago.)

Murray and Mauresmo had a private dinner last week, when he was playing at Queen's in London, and the 2006 Wimbledon champion had some advice for Murray on his return: Savor the moment.

"I spoke to her a little bit about it and asked her how she dealt with it," Murray said. "One of the things she said was she tried to take in the atmosphere and the experience of walking out on the court as the defending champion. You never know if you'll get the chance to do it again.

"I've enjoyed spending time with her. She's a very calm person the way she speaks and everything, the way she explains things. It's been good so far."

Ditto for his return journey that could, in a best-case scenario, bring back-to-back flashes of a brilliant light to Britain.

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