Wimbledon: Andy Murray's in best shape to win, says Tim Henman

Jun 26, 2015, 08:32 IST | PA Sport

Former World No 4 tips Murray to clinch the third Grand Slam of the year, thanks to his blistering form ahead of the prestigious tournament

London: Andy Murray can capitalise on "the form of his life" to claim a second Wimbledon title in three years, according to Tim Henman.

World No 3 tennis ace Andy Murray. INSET: Tim Henman. Pics/Getty Images
World No 3 tennis ace Andy Murray. INSET: Tim Henman. Pics/Getty Images 

Former World No 4 Henman has tipped fellow Brit Murray to add to his 2013 crown, after winning a fourth Queen's Club title and reaching the French Open semi-finals.

World No 3 Murray is also the third seed for today's Wimbledon draw, and could end up with Rafael Nadal in his half. The 14-time major champion has dropped to 10th in the rankings, and could meet any of the top four seeds as early as the quarter-finals.

"This first six months of the year is as good as I've ever seen him play," Henman told PA Sport.

"He's in the form of his life and is definitely in the best shape to fight for the Wimbledon title again. He's won everything before on grass, so he will really fancy his chances."

World No 1 Novak Djokovic is the top seed for today's draw, with Roger Federer, still chasing that record eighth singles title at Wimbledon, is second.

Variety in play
New French Open champion Stan Wawrinka completes the men's top four, with 2014 Queen's winner Grigor Dimitrov seeded 11th.

Murray became the first British men's singles champion for 77 years with his 2013 triumph at SW19, and now Henman believes the 28-year-old is ready to do it all over again.

Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and former French Open champion Amelie Mauresmo have added variety to Murray's play, and the Scot is now fully over nagging back problems. The after-effects of back trouble held Murray back last season, leading to a quarter-final exit at the hands of Dimitrov at Wimbledon.

Now though Henman believes Murray has built up the right amount of confidence through winning momentum to provide a serious SW19 title challenge. "His form was really emphasised by his performances and results on clay, which is still the toughest surface for him," said Henman.

"Winning in Munich, winning in Madrid, beating Nadal in the final of a Masters Series, the way he played reaching the semis of the French, that's a great foundation moving forward.

That all really makes a difference; Andy will be going onto the court feeling that if he does all the right things, as he has been, then he will have a great chance against anybody."

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