McEnroe backs Murray for SW19 title
Updated: Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 13:01
John McEnroe is backing Andy Murray to take the final step over the next fortnight and become the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.
The Scot ended a 74-year wait for a home finalist 12 months ago but lost to Roger Federer in four sets, before going on to beat the Swiss in the Olympic final on Centre Court.
After ending his long wait for a grand slam title at the US Open last September, hopes are higher than ever that Murray will add a second at the All England Club in two weeks' time.
Yesterday's draw brought mixed fortunes for the British number one, who avoided a potential quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, being placed in the same quarter as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga instead, but he is likely to have to beat either Nadal or Federer in the last four and then top seed Novak Djokovic in the final.
Speaking in Edinburgh, where he is playing in the Brodies Champions of Tennis event, three-time Wimbledon singles champion McEnroe said: "I think it very well could be Murray's year.
"I was beginning to wonder if he could do it because these other guys are so great but he really stepped up with the Olympics and then he dug deep at the (US) Open to win that.
"He's as confident as he's ever been, he's handled the pressure well for the most part, so, when the going gets tough, he's got to step up."
"He really stepped up with the Olympics and then he dug deep at the (US) Open to win that" - John McEnroe
Murray missed a grand slam for the first time in seven years when he pulled out of the French Open with a back injury but showed he is back to full health by winning his third title at Queen's Club last weekend.
"The thing is that he's playing great," said McEnroe.
"He's positioned himself well having not played at the French, I think that will help him. And obviously winning Queen's is a nice positive for him.
"The draw is tough for Murray, there's no doubt about it. Tsonga in the quarters is tough because for me he's the guy best positioned outside of the (big) four to win.
"And then he'll have to play one of Rafa or Roger in the semis and then another guy that's not too shabby - Djokovic - in the finals.
"So he's got his work cut out for himself, no doubt about it. But, having won a slam and won the Olympics, now he's really comfortable on this court and on the biggest stage."