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Becker: Murray has best chance to win the French Open


Boris Becker has told The Tennis Space that this year is Andy Murray’s best chance to win the French Open. Speaking at the National Trial for the Barclays Ball Kids, Becker said that Murray is capable of winning the clay-court grand slam.

Becker on what to expect from Murray during this year’s European clay-court season: “I hope he’s going to have a very good one. This is probably the best start he has ever had to a year. He’s reached the Australian Open final before, but this year he backed it up winning the title in Miami, and that really sets this year apart from other years. He’s injury-free. And life at the top has changed too. Nadal is still coming back, even though he won two clay-court titles in South America and then a hard-court title in Indian Wells. Federer is dropping a little bit. He hasn’t won a tournament yet this year, he’s had some relatively early losses in tournaments he has played this year, and he’s taken a two-month break which ends when he plays in Madrid. On a good day, Federer can beat anybody. But over the last year, and especially the last three to four months, Djokovic is the man to beat. Djokovic has had the best year so far, but Murray isn’t far behind.”

Becker on whether Murray is good enough on clay to win at Roland Garros: “On his best day, yes. He probably has his best chance this year than ever before. That’s because the ultimate champion of the French Open is not going to be at his absolute best. I believe everybody else is sensing that this could be their best chance to win the French Open. The problem with clay, though, is that you have so many young Spaniards and South Americans who thrive on clay, and use this European clay-court season as the time to really make a mark on tennis and improve their ranking. They’re maybe not as famous, but they’re not easy matches on clay.”