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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Murray will not be 2010 French Open Champion, says Becker

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Former German tennis player Boris Becker insists that despite British tennis champion Andy Murray made the quarter-finals at French Open last season, he is still regarded as vulnerable on the terracotta courts.

"Clay just isn't his surface yet," The Telegraph quoted Becker, as saying.

"Even though Murray has made improvements during the clay-court season - he had no confidence in his game when he lost his opening match in Monte Carlo, but he won a match in Rome, and he was a quarter-finalist in Madrid - he is still some way off being a challenger on the surface.

"I think that even though he can win some matches in Paris, he's not going to be the French Open champion. I would be very surprised if Murray wins in Paris," he added.

A six-time Grand Slam singles champion, Becker further said that Murray must win a few rounds in Paris if he has to prepare for a successful English grass-court season, starting with next month's Wimbledon.He has to turn the motor back on, and realise that Wimbledon starts for him at the French Open. If he can win some matches in Paris, that's going to help in London," Becker said.

"This year, he has been struggling on hard courts, his best surface, as well as on clay courts. He needs to win some matches in Paris and have a decent French Open if he is to consider himself to be back," he added.

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