Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grass Gives Murray His Best Shot at Defeating Djokovic

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grass Gives Murray His Best Shot at Defeating Djokovic

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JOHN McEnroe believes Wimbledon remains Andy Murray's best chance of bringing down Novak Djokovic and winning a third grand slam title.

Murray has been denied two major victories already this year by Djokovic after losing to the Serb in both the Australian and French Open finals.

The British number one registered a rare win in Rome in May but otherwise their rivalry sits firmly in favour of Djokovic, who has lost only two of their last 15 matches.

The pair will be in separate halves of the tournament when the Wimbledon draw is made tomorrow but another meeting in the final, which would be their eighth at grand slams, is not out of the question.

McEnroe, a three-time winner at Wimbledon and the recently-appointed coach for Canada's Milos Raonic, says SW19 remains Murray's best hope of bucking the trend.

He said: "In ways he's getting closer. I do think Wimbledon is his best chance.

"If you were to say in terms of surface, I think he's best suited on grass and just having the crowd more on his side here at Wimbledon.

"So I think his best chance, not that he can't beat Djokovic at the US Open, he beat him in Rome not long ago, but his record has recently not been good.

"Murray is playing great, he's a great player, there's no question about it, but at the moment there's no question the level Novak is at is something you rarely, if ever, see."

Murray announced the reappointment of his former coach Ivan Lendl earlier this month, under whom he enjoyed the most successful spell of his career between 2012 and 2014.

The Scot won the US Open, Wimbledon and an Olympic gold medal with the Czech, and McEnroe is not surprised by their reunion.

He added: "I think him adding Ivan, he's trying to get that little bit extra, just like other players are trying to do the same.

"To me it's not surprising, it's not a no-brainer, but I think the fact his best success was with Ivan, it makes sense to give this another shot given the circumstances. …

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