‘Andy Murray has X Factor to pull off another Grand Slam win’

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Andy Murray on the practise court

Goran Ivanisevic may feel that Andy Murray has “no chance” of winning another Grand Slam, but the Scot’s fitness coach Matt Little says he has the “X Factor” to do it.

The former world No 1 underwent hip resurfacing operation at the end of January this year and admitted he wasn’t quite sure if he would return to the ATP Tour.

After making a tentative return to singles in August, he finished his campaign with a remarkable title at the European Open in Antwerp in October.

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Now that he has proven he can win trophies again, the next big question is whether or not he can win another Grand Slam.

Former Wimbledon winner Ivanisevic and Amazon Prime pundit Greg Rusedski have written off his chances, but his strength and conditioning mentor Little is backing the 32-year-old.

“I think so. There is no reason why not really not if he is feeling good and he is in good shape going into the tournament. If the preparation goes well, no other niggles appear, no other things come out of the blue,” he said.

“That match in the (Antwerp) final against Stan (Wawrinka) was three hours after playing four or five other matches that week that were all tough. In Slams you get a day off as well.

“And it is Andy. This is the thing. Andy has this X Factor that normal people just don’t have. So there is no limit to what he can do – there has never been a limit to what he can do. He is such a great athlete.

“If he gets into a situation where starts to play the top guys and is pushing them hard, that will be a fantastic place to be. Whether he does or not, who knows? But it is looking pretty good so far. The result in Antwerp, even the signs he was showing in China of the type of tennis he was playing, and the types of movement he was able to produce, it makes you optimistic for next year. Anything is possible.”

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