Miles Maclagan believes this is Andy Murray's best chance to win the French Open

Miles Maclagan believes this is Andy Murray's best chance to win the French Open

Andy Murray's former coach is a firm believer that he is one of the favorites headed into the French Open.

Noel John Alberto

Miles Maclagan believes this year is Andy Murray’s best chance to win the French Open. Maclagan is a former tennis player and was a coach of current British male number one Andy Murray and was also a coach of then-British number one on the female side, Laura Robson.

Maclagan Speaks

Maclagan spoke with The Independent discussing Murray’s chances at the French Open. “Andy Murray is probably in the best position he has ever been going into the French Open.” Maclagan said. “This Italian Open was his first win over Novak on clay, so he has a deep reservoir of confidence. The other players will look at him as a challenger and that counts as well.”

Murray’s Clay Season

Murray has had a phenomenal clay court season this year, following up his two titles which he earned last year in Munich and Madrid. This year, he bettered each of his results at the clay court Masters 1000s in Monte Carlo, Madrid, and then Rome. First at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, he was a set up on Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. However, he squandered lead as he fell in three.

Andy Murray of England poses with his trophy after winning the Men's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic during day eight of The Internazionali BNL d'Italia of ATP Tennis Open at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy on May 15, 2016. (Photo by Claudio Pasaquazi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

At the Mutua Madrid Open, he got his revenge on Nadal in the semifinals, defeating him in straight sets to set up a finals showdown with Novak Djokovic. Murray did phenomenally to work his way back after getting battered in the opening set, but the world number one was just too much as he took it in three.

Now finally at the Italian Open, the Brit exacted his revenge on Djokovic, defeating him in straight sets, though the Serb seemed not to be at full strength. All in all, it’s been another brilliant clay court season for the world number two who has to be considered the third favorite for the French behind Djokovic and Nadal.