Mur­ray’s for­mer coach voices his con­cern

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ANDY Mur­ray’s form is not a cause for great con­cern yet but that would change if it car­ried on through Wim­ble­don, ac­cord­ing to the Scot’s for­mer coach Mark Petchey.

Mur­ray ar­rived in Paris for the French Open hav­ing won only five matches since Fe­bru­ary and on the back of a com­pre­hen­sive loss to Fabio Fognini in his open­ing round in Rome.

The World No 1 has ex­celled on clay the last two sea­sons, win­ning Mas­ters ti­tles and reach­ing his first fi­nal at Roland Gar­ros 12 months ago.

The chances of a re­peat this year ap­pear re­mote but Petchey does not be­lieve it is too late for Mur­ray to click into gear.

Petchey, part of ITV’s cov­er­age of the French Open, told Press As­so­ci­a­tion Sport: “Ob­vi­ously it’s not what he would have wanted but some­times in life it doesn’t al­ways go smoothly.

“There is a lit­tle bit of luck in­volved and hav­ing to play Fognini late at night in Rome was a very tough draw, it couldn’t have been worse.

“Andy’s al­ways been very good at not get­ting too high with the highs and too low with the lows and you’ve got to try and keep it in per­spec­tive.

“Some things in his game com­pared to last year per­haps would be the big­ger con­cern for him, not dom­i­nat­ing as much with his fore­hand, and I think his serve in re­cent weeks hasn’t been as ac­cu­rate as he would have liked.

“I’m sure those are the things (coaches) Ivan (Lendl) and Jamie (Del­gado) will be try­ing to fine tune. He’s a great player and, if he can get a cou­ple of wins un­der his belt, I re­ally feel as though he can still make a great run at the French.

“I think it changes after Wim­ble­don. If he hasn’t had a good Wim­ble­don — I don’t think peo­ple need to start pan­ick­ing but Andy will be a lit­tle more con­cerned be­cause ob­vi­ously grass is a very nat­u­ral sur­face for him and his suc­cess rate on that sur­face is al­most sec­ond to none.”

Mur­ray is spend­ing sig­nif­i­cant time with Lendl for the first time since his shock loss to Mis­cha Zverev at the Aus­tralian Open.

Petchey be­lieves Lendl’s pres­ence and the best-of-five-sets for­mat, which tends to play into the hands of the top seeds, are boosts to Mur­ray’s prospects.

“These guys know how to win over five,” said Petchey, who coached Mur­ray at the start of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer. Daily Mail

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