London: Former tennis world no. 1 John McEnroe believes the Wimbledon 2012 is going to be difficult for Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray.
Ahead of Monday’s Wimbledon opener, McEnroe, 52, said the gap is widening between Murray and the tennis’ elite, and reckoned that having only a part-time coach in Ivan Lendl is not proving helpful.
“I had back issues and always wondered how mental or physical it was. A lot of stress goes to that part of the body, and he’s under a lot of stress. I remember watching Roger Federer play Wimbledon the first year he won it,” a daily quoted McEnroe, as saying, referring to Murray’s continued back problem.
“He was struggling with his back problem. But somehow he dug a little deeper and won it. I’m sure everyone here is hoping that with Andy but this gap seems to be widening right now,” he added.
Murray, 25, has lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the last three years and is up against three of the greatest players ever, defending champ Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Federer. He has been inconsistent since he hired Lendl this year.
“Is Murray as good as these guys? He’s bordering on great. But is he as great as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer? That is a different issue,” McEnroe said.