Andy Murray: I'm up for playing Serena Williams

By Larry Hartstein |

Andy Murray raised the possibility of a modern-day Battle of the Sexes. (USATSI)
Andy Murray raised the possibility of a modern-day Battle of the Sexes. (USATSI)

Responding to a Twitter challenge, Andy Murray said he's willing to play Serena Williams and suggested Las Vegas as the setting.

The topic came up in Murray's column for BBC Sport. The British star discussed the difference between playing five-set and three-set matches.

“Playing at Grand Slams takes its toll because of the five-set matches; you have to do more training to play for five sets, which then shortens your career," Murray wrote.

"Playing for three sets requires a different sort of fitness -- you don't really need the endurance; you just need to be quick and explosive for two or two and a half hours, whereas the endurance aspect comes into it in the best-of-five-set matches. But it's always been best-of-five in the Slams, and I don't mind that -- I'm used to it now.

"That isn't an argument about men's and women's tennis, by the way, although I have been challenged by someone on Twitter to taking on Serena Williams. I'd be up for it, why not?

"I've never hit with her, but she's obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It's happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”

The second-seeded Murray will face Spain's Tommy Robredo in Wimbledon's third round on Friday. Williams, the defending champ and top women's seed, advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia on Thursday.

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