Tim Henman: Andy Murray can still get to the second week of a Grand Slam



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Tim Henman: Andy Murray can still get to the second week of a Grand Slam

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman is happy with the progress Andy Murray has made since his second hip surgery as he believes the former world No. 1 can still reach the second week of a Grand Slam. The week before the Australian Open, Murray made his first ATP final in Sydney but failed to win the title after losing to Aslan Karatsev.

"I think he’s still making big strides in his game. With the hip surgery that he’s had, the amount of tennis that he’s missed over the last three and a half to four years has been massive," Henman told Eurosport.

“Now he’s starting to build consistently, he might not always be having the results that he wishes and then the expectations that he’s got. But for me, the important element is that he’s not having interruptions to his training, to his tournament schedule.

“This is a long year and to have already been in a final [the Sydney Classic], he’s played plenty of tennis, he’s got matches under his belt, I’m sure he can bounce back from this pretty rapidly."

Murray suffered a disappointing loss in Melbourne

Murray took out Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Australian Open first round but then suffered a surprise straight-set loss to Taro Daniel in the second round. Henman believes Wimbledon is the Grand Slam where Murray has the biggest chance of reaching the second week.

“I think when you reflect on some of his matches, last year in the Slams, he won a couple of amazing matches at Wimbledon, had an incredible match against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas at the US Open," Henman added. “I think his game has developed a lot more, I think his fitness is better, I think his movement is sharper.

I definitely think he can get to the second week of a Grand Slam. “Where is it most likely to happen? I think the reality is probably Wimbledon. I think grass is a surface that he’s very comfortable on. “He has the experience of playing great tennis [there], having won there twice and also the support of the crowd so I think if he’s going to have a good run in a Grand Slam in 2022, it’ll probably be at Wimbledon”.