Former Wimbledon champions Boris Becker believes Andy Murray’s defeat to Roger Federer in the ATP Tour finals will actually prove beneficial in the long-term.
Murray arrived in London still basking in the glow of a glorious summer that saw him claim an Olympic gold medal and then lift the US Open, his first Grand Slam title.
However, despite being well backed to lift in Betfair Tennis Betting
markets another trophy at the 02 Arena, he crashed out at the hands of his old foe Federer, eventually losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
It was a disappointing end to a breakthrough season but it perhaps needs to be said that Murray’s Olympic and US Open victories were immediately preceded by defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final, a result which many punters on Betfair.com
predict could define the Scot's immediate future.
Becker feels this latest disappointment will spur the Murray onto greater heights and remind him he is not yet the finished article. He should certainly watch and learn how Federer responds to defeats and challenges from opponents. The Swiss maybe 31 but he shows no signs of slowing down, despite the formidable challenge from Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"Maybe, in a funny way, that's exactly the spark he needs," the German told Sky Sports. “We've been celebrating him - and rightly so - for the last couple of months as the first Brit to win a major in 76 years and the best thing since sliced bread.
"Well, he's not there yet and maybe this was a wake-up call at the right time in the last game of the year. He's going to go through and have a burning desire to improve even more because the success he tasted at the US Open was very sweet."