Excerpt from a Guardian Unlimiited article:
Goran on Andy Murray
Goran Ivanisevic believes Andy Murray is a more talented player than the world number two, Rafael Nadal, and says he could help the coachless young Scot prepare for this year's Wimbledon.
Ivanisevic says he does not want the post Murray has been seeking to fill since he sacked his coach, Mark Petchey, last April. 'I wouldn't coach anybody,' says Ivanisevic, 'but if he asked me to help him, why not? To practise with him, to hit with him, to pass on my experience... I know something about playing tennis on grass.'
Ivanisevic has seen Murray play many times. He is impressed. 'I like the way he plays, I like his mentality.' He thinks it is surprising, though, that Murray has now gone more than two months without a coach, during which time he has won only two matches in six tournaments, his most recent first-round exit being at the Stella Artois tournament in London last week.
Having a coach in the build-up to Wimbledon is particularly important, Ivanisevic thinks. 'I'm surprised, very surprised that he hasn't taken anybody for these next three weeks. It's very hard to find a good coach, but there are a lot of good ex-players who could help him on grass.
'He's young and whoever he gets eventually to coach him must be able to tell him about tennis and also about life, how to behave, how to do a lot of things,' says Ivanisevic, who thinks criticism of the 19-year-old Murray's sometimes surly behaviour and level of fitness, blamed for his physical problems, is unreasonable.
'It's easy to criticise,' says Ivanisevic. 'In Britain, as soon as you do something good and then start to play a little better they give you shit. He's young and is going to have ups and downs. When someone's not playing too well you can find a hundred mistakes, but when he's playing good he's perfect. It's very easy to find mistakes.'
The idea that Nadal, 20, who retained the French Open title last Sunday, has set an example to other emerging players about the amount of training they should put in - the Spaniard is renowned for working extremely hard away from competition - is not one to which Ivanisevic subscribes.
He says: 'Nadal is Nadal; Murray has a different game. Murray's more talented, he has a better serve, he's different. Maybe someone needs one hour to do something that Nadal needs five hours to do. Not everyone practises the same. They have completely different games.
'So I think Murray should find a good coach who could teach him how to play - when to come in, when to stay back. He has a lot of things to improve, but I like him, I like the way he plays. And it's good that you have a new player coming after Tim. You don't have to wait another 50 years as you did for Tim.'