Andy Murray's campaign at Australian Open affected by his efforts to reach number one last year, says John McEnroe



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Andy Murray's campaign at Australian Open affected by his efforts to reach number one last year, says John McEnroe

John McEnroe says Andy Murray's efforts in 2016 to overcome Novak Djokovic and get to number one in the world have affected his performance at the Australian Open 2017. The 29-year-old Briton got to number one ranking for the first time in his career on the seventh of November 2016.

World number 50 Mischa Zverev stunned Murray in the round of 16 stage in Melbourne in a four-setter 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4. Prior to the match, Murray was given the biggest chance to claim his first title at Melbourne Park. ''He got to No 1 but it took its toll.

It took a lot out of him and I think it showed in this tournament,'' McEnroe said, as quoted by The Mirror. Murray's former fitness trainer Jez Green is collaborating with Mischa and his brother Alexander Zverev.

''It is the first time Andy has lost a match where a former coach or team member is in the other box. That had to be in the back of his mind,'' Lleyton Hewitt noted. Former world number one Boris Becker opinioned that is a ''tough pillow to swallow,'' but the Briton is a ''toughie'' and he'll ''find a way to recover.'' ''But he’s going to have a sleepless night or two,'' Becker added.

Source: Mirror Online Also read: John Tomic: 'Nothing bad was said to Dan Evans from the Tomic box'