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Cahill happy to offer Murray advice

ESPN staff
December 14, 2010
Darren Cahill has been working with Fernando Verdasco ahead of the 2011 season © Getty Images

Andre Agassi's former coach Darren Cahill is willing to act in a consultancy role for Andy Murray, although he will not work with the Scot on a full-time basis.

Murray was heavily linked with Cahill after the British No. 1 parted company with Miles Maclagan in the summer, but said was not interested in a full-time coaching role.

Cahill, a former trainer to Agassi and Leyton Hewitt is a regular in the ESPN commentary box and alongside his ambassadorial role with Adidas has no intention of returning to the ATP Tour as a trainer. However, he insists he will always have time for Murray and will be happy to offer advice.

"I love the guy," Cahill told Herald Scotland. "He is one of the best characters on the ATP tour and he is a great player. Andy knows where I am if he wants a chat or a bit of advice. I would be delighted to help him."

Despite a final appearance at the Australian Open in January, Murray failed to break his grand slam duck in 2010, but Cahill is confident it is only a matter of time before the Scot claims a major title, admitting that the pressure of being the only British player in the top 200 must take its toll.

And with Britain waiting for its first men's grand slam winner in nearly 75 years, Cahill believes Murray can find a way to break the dominance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"Andy Murray will win a major, and soon," he said. "I am so sure of that. And once he breaks though in a grand slam he will become a multiple winner. I have so much admiration for his game but I also respect the pressure he has to carry on his shoulders.

"The whole of Britain wants a grand slam winner and it has been so long since Fred Perry. But Andy carries that with a lot of class and he will get his rewards.

"Federer and Nadal are truly exceptional in the way they have dominated grand slam titles. He is getting stronger and he is the sort of player who improves with age. He is starting to become more aggressive, too.

"The problem with Andy is that his counter-punching style is good enough for him to beat 98% of opponents almost 100% of the time. But he has a decent record against Nadal and Federer and he just needs to step it up in grand slams."

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