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The pressure is off Andy Murray to some degree: Ex Coach

The pressure is off Andy Murray to some degree: Ex Coach

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by Philip Anderson

According to former coach Mark Petchy, Andy Murray will rediscover the battling qualities that took him to World No.1 when he arrives at the French Open and Wimbledon. The Scot has had a torrid season on clay, making some really early exits at the Madrid and Rome Masters.

Petchy worked as Murray's coach for less than a year before the pair split in 2006 and expects the three-time major winner to return to his best form. “He has got the majors coming up now. He can just focus on that,” Petchey told Sky Sports.

“The pressure is off to some degree. He has a great character trait in terms of trying to prove people wrong so I still feel as though he is going to make a very deep run in Paris.” “The one thing that is very much down is his first serve speed.

He is down in the high 80s (Kph) which last year was a big transformation – he was mid-90s. That extra time you have on the ball as a returner obviously makes a guy like Fognini that much more effective.” “Also his accuracy on his first serve compared to when he played [Novak] Djokovic last year in the final in Rome was substantially down against Fognini, particularly the wide one on the deuce side and up the tee on the ad [advantage] side.” Both Murray and Novak Djokovic have been off the radar this year and would be looking forward to doing well at the French Open and Wimbledon.

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