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Murray backed for US Open glory

ESPN staff
August 22, 2012

Andy Murray has been tipped to take his first grand slam title at the US Open by former grand slam winners Goran Ivanisevic and Mats Wilander.

Wilander, a seven-time major champion who triumphed at the US Open in 1988, believes Murray has matured enough to be able to cope with the mental and physical demands that will be placed on him at Flushing Meadows, and thinks something big will be forthcoming from the Scot.

"He's becoming better physically all the time, he hits his forehand better, but the biggest difference is emotionally," said the Swede.

"He's more even-keeled, he's more positive and there's not as much pressure for him at the US Open as there is at Wimbledon.

"My prediction is Andy Murray winning in the final against either Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer."

Ivanisevic, a former Wimbledon winner in 2001, also believes Murray will use the experience of losing the Wimbledon final to Federer, and his Olympic triumph over the Swiss legend, to succeed in New York.

"The US Open is his best surface so I think he will do it," said Ivanisevic. "If Andy plays well, he can win. He played a really great Olympic Games and I think this will give him extra motivation and confidence."

The US Open gets underway on Monday, August 27, and Murray has been seeded third for the tournament.

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