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The former British tennis star, Tim Henman, has said that Andy Murray has a great chance of clinching his first ever Wimbledon title this year.
Murray has been out of tennis since the last few weeks. He withdrew his name from the ongoing French Open because of his back injury.
However, the world no. 2 has recovered from that injury now and has started training. He is expected to make his comeback by playing in the upcoming AEGON Championships.
When asked about Murray’s chances in the Wimbledon Championships, Henman said, “I think he has a great chance this year. He had shown exceptional temperament last year, but, he had to face one of the all time greats in the final and he couldn’t get better of him. But, he has matured a lot after that defeat and this year, I would back him to go all the way.”
When asked if playing in front of the home crowd puts extra pressure on the player, Henman said, “Yes, it does. But, Murray is someone who is mentally very tough. So, he can soak up that pressure and he had shown that last year by making it to the title round.”
When asked about Murray’s decision of withdrawing from the French Open, Henman said, “I think it was the right decision. If he was not feeling 100% fit, there was no point going into the tournament. It was a much better option to rest and be fully prepared for the Wimbledon championships.”
When asked about the poor performance of the other British players in the Grand Slams, Henman said, “Honestly speaking, I am surprised by that. There are outstanding facilities available in UK for the young players and yet, only a few of them are progressing well. It’s disappointing to see.”
In the French Open, three British female tennis players were participating in the singles competition namely Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha. All of them got knocked out from the opening round.
Wimbledon Winners Video clip Rating: 5 / five
Wimbledon Winners Video clip Rating: five / five
Andy Murray has defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4. The match was done and dusted in just 72 minutes.
Murray had been practicing hard here at Monte Carlo since the last few days. The Scot reckons that he doesn’t play that well on clay courts, but, his performance in this match doesn’t suggest that. He hardly played a loose shot against Vasselin.
Murray has been given the second seed in this tournament. He had become the no. 2 player in the world by winning the Sony Open a few weeks ago. But, if he gets knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters before the quarter finals, he will again slip behind Roger Federer in the world rankings.
After winning the match against Vasselin, Murray said, “I managed to take a lead of 4-0 in the first set and that helped. Edouard was nervous initially and was not moving across quickly, but, in the second set, he began playing well.”
“He was playing the return shots well in the second set. I just tried to stay positive and that worked. It’s really a fine beginning.”
In the opening set, Murray got breakthroughs in the 2nd and the 4th game and got ahead by 4-0. But, Vasselin broke back in the 5th game to make the score 4-1.
The Frenchman couldn’t win any more game in the set. In the 6th game, he dropped his serve again and then, Murray served out the 7th game to win the set.
In the second set, Murray got a breakthrough in the 3rd game to take a lead of 2-1. He won his remaining service games after that and sealed the match.