Andy Murray’s former coach makes Wimbledon plea with key hurdle to overcome

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Andy Murray should be keeping one eye on Wimbledon next year as a mental target to roll back the years, according to his former coach Alex Corretja. It’s been just five years since Murray sat atop of the ATP rankings, earning the year-end No 1 in 2016.

That year saw Murray reach the Australian Open final and win three Masters 1000 events in Rome, Shanghai and Paris.

But the biggest achievements of that year came in the summer when he followed up his win at Wimbledon with a gold medal at the Rio Olympics before ending the year by defeating Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Nobody could match Murray that year but that proved to be the height of Murray’s success after hip injuries began to take their toll.

He’s since undergone two hip surgeries, the last of which threatened to bring a premature end to his playing career.

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It’s been a long battle back to full fitness and to get to a point where he can compete on a regular basis on the tour.

And the former British No 1 has done everything he can in recent months to put himself in the best position possible to do just that.

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The Paris Masters will be Murray’s seventh event since the US Open and Corretja is in disbelief at how the Brit is able to continue playing when he came so close to retiring.

But having seen improvements in Murray’s game in recent weeks, Corretja believes the three-time Grand Slam champion could spring a surprise at Wimbledon next year.

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“What Andy is doing is just a miracle,” Corretja told Eurosport.

“We thought he was over and somehow he managed to be there again. I’m very impressed by his efforts.”

He added: “I think the best of three matches helps his game a little bit, and his routines and especially his recovery,” the Spaniard said.

“After a best of five, he might struggle a little bit.

“That’s why maybe at the US Open he can play a good first round, second round, third round, but I’m not so sure how he can recover from that.

“That’s why in the important majors, it’s not going to be easy for him.

“But whatever he does is just unbelievable because honestly, from what we said and what we saw, we thought his career was over and he’s still hanging in there fighting, winning good matches.

“I think if I were him, I would be targeting Wimbledon to be at my best because before that, it is not going to be easy, but if he has one last chance at doing something good in a Slam, it could be Wimbledon.”

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