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 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.
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.