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Wimbledon 2010: Tim Henman on Andy Murray

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Andy Murray

Murray's Magic Monday Moments

By Tim Henman
Former British number one

With straight sets victories in each of his opening four matches, Andy Murray will be delighted at the way his Wimbledon fortnight is shaping up.

He produced another hugely encouraging display to see off Sam Querrey on Monday and you can't help but be impressed by the way he's advancing through the tournament.

It was slightly worrying that after dominating his way to 5-3 and 40-15 in the first set, he failed to serve out and all of a sudden found himself at 5-5 and 0-40.

That wobble probably comes down to a bit of carelessness. At 40-15 he went long with a relatively easy forehand and that's where you've just got to make sure you maintain the intensity.

Any time you can hold serve to love or 15 it sends out a message to your opponent. I think he became a little bit careless and it could've put him in a difficult situation, because to lose the first set would've given Querrey a big boost.

But once he got that under his belt, he was in total control. He secured an early break in the second and then hit some fantastic shots at 4-4 in the third to break and then finish it off.

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Results elsewhere meant Murray is now the only man still to drop a set at this year's Championships, but that really doesn't have any relevance going forward.

While it means his energy levels are likely to be pretty much 100%, all he will be thinking about is his actual performance. And at the forefront of that process will be his first serve percentage.

Murray finished with a disappointing 45% and against better opponents, like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, he won't be able to get away with that.

There are many possible explanations - a loss of rhythm, a low ball toss etc - but it's something I'm sure his coach Miles Maclagan will be aware of and spend time working on in practice on Tuesday.

That said, they won't be overly concerned because if he's winning in straight sets and only drops serve once in the entire match, the rest of his game must be functioning phenomenally well.

I was particularly pleased to see him bringing out that beautiful backhand down the line. It's the tell-tale sign that he's playing aggressive tennis and, as we've seen time and again, that's when Murray is at his best.

Murray has always had the technical qualities to win a Grand Slam - he's already been in two final finals. Now he wants to give himself another chance and fingers crossed it can be at Wimbledon this year

Tim Henman

And he'll need to be at his best against Tsonga. The first four rounds of a Grand Slam are by no means easy, but now comes the real test - only the very best tend to reach the last eight and Tsonga is one of them.

He's a top-10 player, he's been in the final of a Grand Slam and he'll be an extremely difficult customer.

Tsonga, who beat Murray in the first round of the 2008 Australian Open, is another big hitter and anyone he comes up against must be capable of absorbing pressure and chase down ball after ball.

Fortunately, Murray is one of the best retrievers in the game but that still paints a fairly reactive picture - I'd like to see Tsonga doing some of the running because when Murray is a little bit defensive and lets his opponent dictate that's when he makes life difficult for himself.

If the underlying theme of the match is Murray being aggressive and attacking behind a good first serve, then I think he'll definitely come through.

That would take him deep into the second week and a step closer to his ultimate goal of winning the title. He's always had the technical qualities to do it - he's been in the final of two Grand Slams so he's knocking on the door.

Now he wants to give himself another opportunity and fingers crossed it can be here at Wimbledon this year.


Tim Henman was speaking to BBC Sport's David Ornstein. Henman is part of the BBC's commentary team for Wimbledon 2010.



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