Greg Rusedski: 'Andy Murray can't win a Major with so many good players around'

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Greg Rusedski: 'Andy Murray can't win a Major with so many good players around'

A former Major finalist Greg Rusedski is not an optimist that Andy Murray can improve his Major tally in the upcoming years. Rusedski praised everything Murray has achieved so far, but he can't see him winning a Major title in the best-of-five encounters over so many great players from the top.

For Greg, Andy can still reach the second week at Majors and score a win over the names like Djokovic, Nadal and Thiem, although he can't imagine him going all the way on the biggest tennis stage. The three-time Major champion will finish the season outside the top-100 after playing only seven matches in 2020.

The Briton earned a notable victory over Alexander Zerev in Cincinnati, his proudest moment in a short campaign that only started in August after more problems with injuries. After a stellar finish of the 2016 season, Andy Murray couldn't catch a break, suffering a terrible hip injury that had almost ended his career.

Eager to extend career, Andy underwent two surgeries, returning to the court in June 2019 and winning the doubles title at Queen's with Feliciano Lopez. After a couple of months, Murray won the ATP 250 title in Antwerp - his first singles crown since Dubai 2017 - and moved closer to a place in the top-100.

Instead of a strong finish of the year at the Davis Cup Finals, Andy suffered a pelvic injury that sidelined him from the court until the coronavirus pandemic in March this year. Working on a comeback, Murray returned to action at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 event in New York, beating world no.

7 Alexander Zverev before losing to Milos Raonic.

Greg Rusedski can't see Andy Murray with another Major trophy.

The Briton showed his fighting spirit at the US Open, ousting Yoshihito Nishioka from two sets to love down but having nothing left in the tank for the second-round clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime.

After a couple of weeks off, Andy drew a former champion Stan Wawrinka in Roland Garros first round, suffering a massive 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 loss in an hour and 37 minutes. Fernando Verdasco toppled Murray in Cologne, the last match of the season for the Briton, who is already on the practice court, working hard ahead of 2021.

"I don't think Andy is good enough physically to chase a Major title. Mentally, tennis-wise, yes, but physically, it's getting harder. If you want to stand a chance at Majors, you have to beat the players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and youngsters like Medvedev, Rublev and Zverev in three or four matches.

Andy can reach the second week, but I believe it's beyond him to go all the way and win the title. I think Andy can beat Djokovic, Nadal and Thiem in some magic moment, but it's something else to win seven best-of-five encounters.

You have to raise your level for every next clash, and I'm not sure Andy can do that. I would like to see him win another Major, but realistically, I don't think it's possible. Still, you've got to give him credit for a fantastic career and everything he has achieved," Greg Rusedski said.