Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Andy Murray – ‘Simply incredible’

Andy Murray in action Credit: Alamy
Andy Murray in action Credit: Alamy

Boris Becker is excited about Andy Murray’s Wimbledon prospects following his Qatar Open heroics, saying the three-time Grand Slam winner should be “on a good level” at the grass-court Grand Slam if he continues his current form.

Murray has enjoyed some magical runs so far this year as at the Australian Open he pulled off brilliant five-set wins over Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis before falling in the third round.

In Doha, four of his five matches went to a deciding set and he saved five match points against Jiri Lehecka in the semi-final to take his tally for the ATP 250 event to eight.

He came up short against Medvedev in the final as he went down 6-4, 6-4, but Becker is delighted with the former world No 1’s performances in recent weeks.

“Simply incredible,” the German told Eurosport. “I wouldn’t have expected him to come back that strong after his hip surgery. How he wrestles down his opponent, mostly over three sets, and also playing great tennis, as well in the final against Danill Medvedev.

“It is incredible how he managed to come back like this, and I want to look ahead a little bit. If he keeps on playing like this and winning matches, I’m looking forward to Wimbledon. I think he might be on a good level there – on his favourite surface, which is grass.”

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Murray will next be in action at the Sunshine Double, the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open, but he is yet to confirm if he will play on clay this year.

However, he has set his sights on a deep run at Wimbledon.

“My feeling on Wimbledon is that less players play well on grass,” he said. “More of the guys are comfortable on the hard courts and that probably increases my chances.

“I’m not saying I would expect to win the French Open [on clay] if I played, but with Wimbledon there is certainly a better opportunity to have a deep run.

“But I also really like the way that I’ve trained in practice these last four months and I’ve not been doing that with Wimbledon in mind. I’m trying to just focus on each day and trying to get the most out of it. If I do that and accumulate enough of those days, then I believe that come Wimbledon my game will be in a really, really good place.”

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