Murray needs to chill out, says French legend Leconte

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 15:33 PM IST

Paris: French tennis legend Henri Leconte believes Britain’s Andy Murray should look at the example set by Roger Federer to break his grand slam duck in 2012.

The Scot has reached three grand slam finals, at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open for the past two years, but has so far failed to win a set.

The 24-year-old has been so tight and tense on the big stage that he has been unable to play anything like his best tennis.

The Mirror quoted Leconte, who is playing in this week``s Aegon Masters Tennis sponsored by Chilean wine producer Casillero del Diablo, as saying: "He has the tennis, he has the talent but he has to realise it``s great to be there and play in grand slam finals and semi-finals and not put pressure on himself.”

He added: "He has everything to win a grand slam and he has to believe that. Just look at Roger winning so many grand slams and being so relaxed."

Murray has been without a full-time coach since splitting from Miles Maclagan in the summer of 2010, choosing to work with Australian Darren Cahill through the Adidas player development programme at various points during the year.

But Cahill is not available to the world number four during grand slams because of his television commitments, and Murray relies on friend Dani Vallverdu on a day-to-day basis.

Leconte, who reached the French Open final in 1988, believes that is an area Murray should be looking at if he wants to improve his prospects of winning a grand slam title next year.

"I think a coach is very important when you are at such a high level, having someone to give you advice and make you stronger. You don``t need a babysitter or someone to tell you how great you are all the time, and it``s not always a good thing to have someone at every event, but the right person can make the difference," Leconte said.

Bureau Report