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Greg Rusedski questions Andy Murray mental toughness

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Andy Murray
Britain's Andy Murray is currently the world number five

Former British number one Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray only needs to improve the mental side of his game to win a first Grand Slam title.

Murray, the world number five, has reached two Grand Slam finals, losing both to Roger Federer.

And Rusedski said the Scot has more than enough talent to win a major.

"For me the problem with Andy Murray's game is not his backhand or his forehand but what goes on in between the ears," Rusedski told BBC Sport.

The 23-year-old Murray, who swept past fourth seed Robin Soderling at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday, has been a mixed year.


He reached the Australian Open final in January, the semi-finals of Wimbledon but went out in the third round of the US Open and the fourth round of the French Open, while also splitting with coach Miles Maclagan in July.

"The biggest question mark for him is to have that consistency of the top players and mentally being at that level," added Rusedski, himself a finalist in the US Open in 1997, added on Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme.

"That is the 1% he has to add to his game that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already. If he does that then he has a good chance to win majors because the talent is there. He is a phenomenally talented player.

"Being a top player is about having that belief and remaining calm when the pressure points arise and being calm enough to take those opportunities."

But history is on Murray's side and Rusedski is sure he can overcome the psychological hurdle.

"He will have his chance in a 10-year-career," said Rusedski.

"If you've made the top 10 before the age of 20 [as Murray did in April 2007] only one player in the history of the game has not won a major and that is Marcelo Rios.

"So for me the statistics look really good for Andy Murray, and he is too good a player not to win a major."

On Murray's search for a coach, Rusedski added: "There has been talk about possibly Mats Wilander becoming his coach.

"Mats has won seven Grand Slam titles and is a former world number one. He has done it and got the t-shirt."

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