Andy Murray can crack top five rankings again, says former coach

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Andy Murray can crack top five rankings again, says former coach

Andy Murray's former coach Jonas Bjorkman spoke highly of the British player. The three-time Major winner won the European Open in Antwerp defeating Stan Wawrinka in a thrilling three-set final, two weeks ago. Bjorkman said: “Absolutely, he can get back to the top 10 level.

With the calibre of player, if he is healthy, I have no doubt that he is going to be back to challenge the top five. Once a champion, you are always a champion. He has had a problem with his hip for a long time and that has been throwing him off a bit, but there is no doubt that he can come back to that level and maybe play even better.

Without pain, without the stress of the pain and not knowing what to do, he’s probably going to have a smile on his face just going out there. You can play more freely when you don’t play with pain any more”.

Asked if he had seriously thought about retirement, Murray replied: "I don't think I would necessarily have considered it impossible. In my mind, I had to come to the acceptance that if I had this operation that I had, I might not play again.

I needed to go through that process. Once I got there, had the operation, I rehabbed properly, started to feel good, and no pain. It's a lot nicer for me to play now than it was two years ago, or even eight, nine months ago.

It's a lot nicer to play. Still physically, like I said, I need to improve if I want to compete consistently at this level. Before, I was competing, I was uncomfortable, but I was still playing at quite a high level. I don't know how far I'm going to be able to get now on my comeback.

I don't know how much improving I still have to do or if I'm going to be able to. I'm in no pain just now, so I might as well give it a shot and see how far I can go with the recovery."