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Bjorn Borg claims Andy Murray has the game to win Slam

Former Wimbledon star Bjorn Borg
Borg believes Murray will win a Slam at some stage in his career

By David McDaid
BBC Scotland at Wimbledon

Five-time Wimbledon winner Bjorn Borg believes Andy Murray, beaten by Rafael Nadal in this year's semi-final, has the talent to one day win a Grand Slam.

Borg told BBC Scotland: "I saw the match yesterday and I thought it was a really good match.

"Nadal played his best match so far in the tournament. If Andy had won that second set, it might have been a completely different match.

"One day, he is going to win a Slam. He has the game, he has everything."

Murray had beaten Nadal on three of their seven previous encounters but fell just short of matching the Majorcan at critical moments, notably in the second set, which went to a tie break.

Borg said of Nadal: "He is the number one player in the world and you could see that he is really eager to try to win Wimbledon for the second time.

If he has the ambition or motivation, he is going to come back and try to win more Grand Slam tournaments

Former Wimbledon star Bjorn Borg on Roger Federer

"But Andy should be satisfied with what he did in Wimbledon. He played really well. Everybody had doubts before Wimbledon about how he would play, but he had a great tournament.

"Unfortunately, he played against Nadal, who was the better player that particular day."

In Grand Slam matches prior to Friday's Wimbledon semi, the record between the Scot and the Spaniard stood at two apiece.

Although Murray was beaten in straight sets, the margin between success and failure was slight: Nadal won 98 points to Murray's 91.

"Andy should continue with what he is doing," said Borg. "He is playing great tennis, he is number four in the world, he has been reaching Grand Slam finals and one day he is going to win a Grand Slam title.

"I was very impressed. Watching the match yesterday, if Nadal did not play as well as he did then Murray would have won."

The 54-year-old Swede is tipping Nadal to edge out Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final but is pleased to see that competition is stiff in the upper echelons of the men's game.

"Today, you have (Roger) Federer, Nadal, Murray, (Novak) Djokovic - Berdych has been playing unbelievable tennis in the last two matches," added Borg.

Andy Murray in action against Rafael Nadal
Murray was disappointed to lose in front of his home crowd

"You have a lot of great players today, a lot of guys fighting for the number one spot.

"It's going to be tough for Roger to come back to be the number one player in the world. I don't think Roger played as well at Wimbledon as he has for the last six or seven years.

"But he is a great competitor - the greatest player who ever played the game. So, if he has the ambition or motivation, he is going to come back and try to win more Grand Slam tournaments."

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Murray hurt by Wimbledon defeat
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Nadal ends Murray's hopes in semi
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