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Henman: Murray "has had so much thrown at him"

   
Exclusive: Tim Henman has told The Tennis Space that Andy Murray, who “has had so much thrown at him” over the years, “has answered all the doubts”. “In the context of what Andy has been through, and all the baggage of having lost his first four grand slam finals, this was an incredible effort and he should be immensely proud.”
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Henman on how people have doubted Murray’s ability to win a slam: “Ever since Andy appeared on the tour, he’s had so much thrown at him, and every time he has dealt with it. People questioned his fitness – they said he wasn’t fit enough. Then they questioned his temperament. Then it was his first-serve percentage. Then it was his second-serve percentage. But whatever anyone has thrown at him, Andy has answered all the doubts. Andy went into this match with the baggage of having lost his first four appearances in slam finals. In the context of what he’s been through, all that baggage, this was an incredible effort and he should be immensely proud.”
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Henman on how he always thought Murray would beat Djokovic, even when things were looking “pear-shaped”: “There was an air of inevitability about this. Even when things were going pear-shaped in the third and fourth sets, I still thought Andy would do it. I didn’t doubt that he would win. I was thinking to myself, ‘this is Andy’s time’. Andy was incredibly resilient, mentally and physically, against Djokovic. He did well to stay in the present tense, and not to think back to past shots and past matches.”
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Henman on Ivan Lendl: “Lendl has been a big influence. Andy’s game hasn’t changed much technically, but it has helped him having someone in his corner who also lost his first four grand slam finals, and then had his breakthough.”
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Henman on Murray’s new popularity: “People have seen a different side to him. But I think it’s a little disappointing that it took Andy crying after a Wimbledon final for people to think, ‘oh, this guy has got a heart’. I’ve always known that he’s got a heart. But people have looked differently at Andy since he won the Olympics, and now he has won his first slam, so that’s going to make a difference too.”
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Henman on how Murray could become a serial grand slam champion: “I’ve always thought that Andy could win several slams, and that the first one would be the hardest. Now he’s won the first one. The exciting thing is that there are lots of areas of Andy’s game which he can improve.”
Tim Henman will be playing at the Statoil Masters at London’s Royal Albert Hall in December. For more information, visit statoilmasterstennis.com