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Boris Becker tips Andy Murray for French Open glory

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Becker tips Murray for victory at Roland Garros. (©GettyImages)
Becker tips Murray for victory at Roland Garros. (©GettyImages).

Boris Becker believes 2013 will prove to be Andy Murray’s best chance yet of winning the French Open.

The six-time Grand Slam champion feels that Murray is best-placed to triumph at Roland Garros and win his second Grand Slam title after victory at the US Open last year.

The British number one is currently competing at the Madrid Open getting his French Open preparations back on track after a miserable first outing on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters.

A straightforward second round win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin was followed by a 6-1 6-2 dismantling at the hands of Stanislas Wawrinka.

The defeat to the Swiss was littered with errors and suggested Murray’s chances at the Roland Garros would be slim without a significant upturn in form.

However, Becker felt the world number three was in better shape than his main rivals in Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Clay is not his best surface, he seems to struggle a little bit more, but the top guys right now are in some trouble," he said.

“So form-wise it looks like at the moment Murray is on top and this year is probably one of, if not the best chance, he will ever get at winning the French Open.”

Becker made the French Open semi-finals three times and he believes the fact that Nadal is only just returning from a significant period out injured means other players will feel they have a better chance.

“Most of the players who go into the tournament feeling they have a chance know that with a fully-fit Nadal, who is in form, you are only every going to be second best,” he added.

"But with Nadal still on the comeback trail this year there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for players like Andy and he needs to make the most of it.”

Topics:
Boris Becker
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
French Open
Andy Murray
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