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Last Updated: Monday, 3 July 2006, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Connors on Murray

Jimmy Connors
By Jimmy Connors
BBC Sport tennis commentator

Andy Murray
Murray played in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time

Andy Murray learned an awful lot about himself when he lost to Marcos Baghdatis.

He had a great match against Andy Roddick on Saturday, played unbelievable tennis, and he expected to bring that today.

Baghdatis is a different player to Roddick, he was able to get a lot of balls back, mix it up a little bit - he wasn't so one-dimensional and it kind of threw Murray off a little bit, and Murray might have been a little bit over-confident, you never know.

You've got to figure out a way to win when you're not playing so well, when you're only 50%, 60%.

He had an opportunity to get into that third-set tie-breaker, win it and get stuck into the match.

Instead it looked like the last shot, he almost gave up on it. He plays a drop shot that lands near the service line, gives Baghdatis the opportunity to stroll in and hit a winner.

There's a lot of guys who would have been saying 'I'm going to die to get this point, I'm going to die to get the next one and the next one.'

He's going to have to do a gut-check, not only for his tennis but also for his attitude

In the end it felt like he was ready to say 'OK, I'll pull out of this and give myself another opportunity next year and hopefully I'll learn something.' That's unacceptable to me.

But I do feel sorry for the British players at Wimbledon.

There's enough pressure while you're out there playing in front of 20,000 people let alone carrying a nation itself, but that's what champions are made of.

That's what is now expected of Andy Murray and for him to be able to reach that level, he's going to have to do a gut-check, not only for his tennis but also for his attitude.

He needs to say 'I can take that, I can accept it, I want to embrace it.' Because what a luxury - to have all these people fighting, yelling and screaming for you.

He has to find a way to incorporate that into his game, and he will.

But everybody says 'he's only 19 years old.' He is, but he's been around for a couple of years now and it's time for him to move to the next level.

Murray has the ability and the opportunity to become a great player, it's up to him to go out and prove that he is.

That's the great thing about tennis - you're there on your own, it's one and one, let's go to battle and see who's the best.

Does he have the tools and the opportunity? Certainly, but the result is up to him.

Jimmy Connors was speaking to Sue Barker on BBC One's Wimbledon 2006 programme.

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