Brad Gilbert believes that the road to tennis elite will be tough for Andy Murray, but the British player can be back to the top 5 rankings within a year time, the ESPN analyst claimed.
'His game is a bit different than say Fed, Djokovic or Rafa coming back from injury', Gilbert said. 'He uses his legs more. So when he was out, he probably wasn’t able to put in the hard yards. He wouldn’t have been able to do much in the way of cardio in the way that Djokovic would with his arm surgery.
Even though Federer had that knee injury he is way more offensive minded in his tennis than Murray, he can take time away from his opponents. But I do think Andy can take some stock in terms of how long Delpo was out a couple of different times and still managed to come back.
In 12 months from now, if Andy was totally healthy with no more injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was back in the top five.' Gilbert also backed Alexander Zverev's choice to appoint the former world No.
1 Ivan Lendl as coach: 'He took steps in the right direction, which he should have done sooner, by taking on Ivan Lendl. But if [Marin] Cilic or Delpo don’t win there won’t be anyone left under 30 who has a major title to their name.
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