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Becker Urges Murray to Seize Opportunity

Posted 05-08-2013 at 02:05 PM by Philip Oliver
Six-time Grand Slam champion, Boris Becker, has told Andy Murray he may never get a better chance to win the French Open.

The 45-year-old feels Murray must take advantage of problems for the big three – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer –at Roland Garros later this month.

The world number three, who has repeatedly stated it takes him some time to make the transition to clay, was humiliated in only his second outing on the surface in 2013. His 6-1 6-2 defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka in April saw him crash out at the third-round stage of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Murray has returned to action in this week's Madrid Masters and will be striving for a much-improved showing as he builds towards the French Open.

Becker has backed Murray to find his best form and challenge Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, who are "in some trouble".

"Rafael Nadal is still not quite there, in my opinion; Roger is getting older and has taken a bit of a sabbatical; and Novak lost surprisingly early in Indian Wells and Miami and has picked up an injury," said the German to the tennis betting news.

"So form-wise it looks like at the moment Murray is on top and this year is probably one of, if not the best chance, he will ever get at winning the French Open."

Nadal and Djokovic have won a tournament apiece in the opening weeks of the clay-court season, in Barcelona and Monte Carlo respectively. Federer has been less active; his outing in Madrid is his first appearance since losing to Nadal at Indian Wells at the start of March.

Injury concerns for Nadal and Djokovic and a lack of match time for Federer could well play into Murray's hands, according to the latest sports betting news, but he must improve his clay game markedly to threaten in Paris.
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That is a golden opportunity for Murray to win the French Open at the cost of three big time players suffering from injury. So, this may not be the real test of nerve for Andy. We would like to see him defeating the game changers and establishing his position. Will wait for the day.
Posted 11-21-2013 at 05:52 AM by Sport Surfaces Sport Surfaces is offline
 

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