Australian Open 2015 Andy Murray Warned Its Now Or Never To Win Another Grand Slam
Greg Rusedski has told Andy Murray it is now or never, if he wants to win another Grand Slam title, writes Neil McLeman in Melbourne.
British No.1 Murray has not reached another major final since his historic Wimbledon triumph in 2013.
Last year, the Scot struggled with his recovery from back surgery and changes in his coaching team as he slipped outside the world top 10.
Now, as the world No.6, Murray has declared himself ready for action as he bids to become the first man to win here at the Australian Open after previously losing the event”s final three times.
And Rusedski has told the 27-year-old that time is running out to add to his two Grand Slam victories.
“This year will be the defining one for Andy – I think 2015 will tell us if he will ever win a Major again,” said Eurosport TV pundit Rusedski. “If he’s going to win, he needs to be aggressive on the second serve, take on the forehand when it’s there to be hit, and use the backhand up the line. If he does those things, he has a real shot.”
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Murray takes on Indian qualifier – and 2009 junior Australian Open champion – Yuki Bhambri in the first round on Monday.
But the Scot later faces a nightmare scenario of having to beat Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win the title.
Rusedski added: “He looks in good shape, but he will have to beat two of the top players back-to-back to win and, to do that, he has to be at his very best.”
Murray admitted: “It is obviously a very tough draw. If you have to play all those players, it’s going to be extremely difficult. But often, there are upsets. You just have to wait and see who you’re playing.”
Along with James Ward and Kyle Edmund, there are three British men in the main draw at Melbourne for the first time since 2002 when Rusedki, Tim Henman and Martin Lee played here.
Murray added: “It’s great for British tennis.”
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