Can Andy Murray win another Grand Slam? Goran Ivanisevic, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman have their say
He has already produced a remarkable comeback after being on the brink of retirement, but can Andy Murray take another big leap in the next few years and win a fourth Grand Slam?
The 2019 season proved that you can’t write Murray off as he was on the verge of retirement at the start of the year.
However, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January and then made a return to competitive singles in August.
After a cautionary comeback, his form eventually picked up during the Asian swing and it all came together in Antwerp in October as he won the European Open.
Having dropped outside the world 800 last year, Murray finished 2019 as the world No 89.
But just how much more can he improve? And can he add another Grand Slam to his collection?
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic doesn’t believe so.
“No. A Slam, no chance,” he is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk. “But he can make some surprises, he can go far but to win I don’t think that he can survive seven matches – best of five.
“If he’s healthy and the hip is okay I don’t think that anyone wants to play against Andy next year. He’s a great competitor and when he steps on the court, he wants to win. He’s not good for the opponents!
“It’s going to be good. I don’t know what ranking, it’s tough to say no, but if he’s healthy he can be up there.”
Amazon Prime pundit Greg Rusedski was in agreement with Ivanisevic.
“I think I agree with Goran. He’ll do well at the Slams and I think that he’ll be competitive, but to win a major that is hard enough when you’re healthy.
“He’s the only British man to win an ATP Tour event this year as well, that just shows what an amazing competitor he is and his desire to actually come back.
“Most people, wouldn’t be accomplishing what he’s done. It’s up there, from an emotional point of view and a satisfaction point of view, with his major trophies.”
Former British No 1 didn’t completely write off his chances, but he concedes it is “very unlikely”.
“I don’t think ‘can’t’ is the right word, I think that it’s incredibly difficult as everyone has alluded to,” he said. “Fit, healthy, young and playing the best tennis of your life it’s still incredibly difficult.
“The challenge with the best of five set matches is massive but we all know that with Andy if you say that he can’t do something, he loves to prove people wrong.
“I think it’s very unlikely but I would never, with all of these top guys it’s very dangerous to write them off. It will be very, very difficult.”
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