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J. McEnroe:"Maybe they can win occasional GS [Milos, Grigor]. They have fear factor"

“I think the next guy who’s going to win multiple majors is going to be a guy we don’t expect, who we don’t know yet,” McEnroe says. “I’m trying to find out who that guy is, but it’s been so difficult for those mid-20s guys to make progress.

"Whether you’re talking about [Milos] Raonic or [Grigor] Dimitrov – and they’re the two most obvious – it’s going to be difficult for them, at their age, to make that breakthrough where you’re dominating.

“Maybe they can win occasional majors, because for the first time I believe they’re thinking it’s possible. But there’s this respect they have for the older guys, the fear factor. They’ve been beaten up a little bit, maybe too much. You need someone who can look at Nadal and [Roger] Federer and [Novak] Djokovic and say ‘They are at the end of their career, more or less, and I could do something against them’.”

So what of McEnroe himself? Did he surprise himself with the rampage that brought him seven grand slams in six years, starting with the 1979 US Open? “I was young, and I don’t want to say I expected it,” he replies, in respect of that first major title.

“But the trajectory had led to that belief that this was meant to happen. Whereas if you look at Stan Wawrinka, he seemed to firmly believe that he was never going to win one. It’s not a miracle, but maybe he felt that way to some extent. So it’s like, where do you go from there?

“Ideally, the person I’m talking about will probably want to be breaking through in 2016. Presumably we’ll still have Djokovic and Murray for another couple of years, and even though we always worry about Nadal, we hope to have a little bit more of him as well.

"But you probably won’t have Federer, because he’ll be close to 35.”


And all that without a coach. Would McEnroe himself be interested in the vacant post? Having entered his own name into the race a month ago – when he said that “If Andy picked up the phone and asked me to coach him, of course I would think about it” – he was listed at 12-1 in the last odds quoted by Coral. Bob Brett was the favourite, with Larry Stefanki and Jonas Bjorkman in hot pursuit.

The world’s media would no doubt be delighted to see such a garrulous character in such a high-profile role. Lendl, for all his expertise, preferred to stay out of the spotlight. But the phone has yet to ring.

“I haven’t talked to Andy,” McEnroe says. “He would have to speak to me and say he would want me to do it and somehow I don’t see that happening.” So what of last week’s speculation that Murray might turn to the distaff side of the game, by appointing someone like Amélie Mauresmo or Martina Navratilova?

“It would be definitely a left-field, unusual turn, but maybe that’s what he needs. You need something to give yourself a shot in the arm, to give yourself that added motivation.

“It’s not like Murray is going to radically change his game. Lendl wasn’t the first coach to tell him ‘Look you’ve got to be more aggressive on your forehand’, or ‘You’ve got to do a bit better on your second serve’ or ‘You’ve got to step in closer on your return’. I think those things were pretty evident early on.

"Whether he was comfortable doing it was another thing. But to get him to do it, that’s where Lendl had success.” Murray’s camp say he is on course to announce an appointment in the next few days, yet McEnroe agrees with the view expressed last week by ITV pundits Mark Petchey and Jim Courier: it would be better to wait until the middle of July.

“That [defending the Wimbledon title] would seem to be a pretty tough situation to walk into,” he said. “There’s the upside if somehow he won it again. But it’s pretty tricky to manoeuvre in the most tense, pressurised event of the year. It would be hard for that not to be awkward, for Andy or anyone else.”

In the meantime, we still have the decisive moments of a fascinating French Open to enjoy. And in the question of the likely champion, McEnroe once again backs the party in power.

“If you asked the tennis players of my time, ‘What would be the most difficult thing to do in the sport?’ it would be to beat Bjorn Borg on clay. Now it’s to beat Nadal at the French Open.

"You’d think that, when he’s won eight out of nine times, the odds that he will keep winning will diminish. But having said that, he’s still the favourite.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/10873291/French-Open-2014-I-still-dont-know-where-next-star-to-win-multiple-majors-is-coming-from-says-John-McEnroe.html

 

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Re: J. McEnroe:"Maybe they can win occasional GS [Milos, Grigor]. They have fear fact

yeah, i think this is correct and actually pretty obvious.

Even Grigor's and Milos' hardcore fans wouldn't expect a dominant multi slam winner to come out of them, they could eventually snatch one, or maybe a few in their careers, it's possible, far from certain though, but hardly too much more.

I'm watching Thiem closely and JMac might be wrong about the statement that we haven't seen the new dominator yet, might very well be him.
 

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Re: J. McEnroe:"Maybe they can win occasional GS [Milos, Grigor]. They have fear fact

It's very likely that the next dominant player will be with a two-handed backhand... players like Dimitrov/Thiem have way too many limitations in their game to be able to develop a playstyle that would allow them to succeed under the current conditions/era. Yes, they may win a couple of important tournaments but definitely not dominate... As crazy as it may sound to some of you, someone like Tomic has far greater chances to dominate the sport than Dimitrov/Thiem/Raonic/Janowicz/Nishikori etc... of course with the big IF he takes the sport more seriously and stops clowning.

EDIT: Johnny Mac is deluded...the fear factor has little to do with anything...
 

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Re: J. McEnroe:"Maybe they can win occasional GS [Milos, Grigor]. They have fear fact

The only factor they have is the luck factor of somehow ending up as transitional champions when djoker etc retire and there is no true talent to replace them.
 

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they only factor grigor dimugtrov has is that his opponents are unreal happy to draw this clown in a first round of a GS
 

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Re: J. McEnroe:"Maybe they can win occasional GS [Milos, Grigor]. They have fear fact

they only factor grigor dimugtrov has is that his opponents are unreal happy to draw this clown in a first round of a GS
clearly you're the clown, correct me if i'm wrong.

But i think it's pretty obvious. :wavey:
 
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