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Andy Murray not good enough to be considered world class

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Wimbledon will have a strange feel about it this year. How on earth are newspapers going to fill column inches, and what are the television pundits going to discuss aside from the constant debate over whether there will finally be a British winner?

To put it in relative footballing terms, if England were to achieve the impossible and win the World Cup, what would happen to the x years of hurt verse in the Three Lions song? Would it be discontinued?

The tennis world is facing this new dawn, of sorts, after Andy Murray finally succeeded where so many others have failed as he became the first British man in 70 years to fall to his knees in glee after a SW19 final.

I guess, as this country loves a good old moan, we'll have to focus on the negatives. I'll start off by assuring that the 27-year-old cannot repeat his heroics. Sure, bring your strawberries & cream, hold aloft the shoddily assembled flags and collect upon Murray mound, but don't expect the parties of 2013. 

On the face of it, the Briton has a good chance - if, of course, you put his shock Queen's defeat against Radek Stepanek down to it just being 'one of those days'.

He has a new coach; a move that can often breed success early-on (Perhaps Queen's came a little too early). He also matched his best-ever showing at the French Open with a semi-final run.

However, it was in that match against the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal, that the weaknesses were demonstrated in a nut-shell. In fact, his performances throughout Roland Garros showed it.

Forget technicalities, niggles or physical ability, Murray falls back when it comes to his temperament. The bad trait has followed him to the grass season too. 

You look at Nadal's performances in Paris, Novak Djokovic's since the turn of the year and Roger Federer's a few years ago; they always look as though they are in charge. They always look as though they can take break point opportunities. They always look as though they can close-out a set. They all look like they can close-out matches, and tournaments with it.

In their last four tie last week, nobody can deny, the world no.1 was phenomenal. However, he often is, and the Djokovics and Federers find a way to deal with it and compete. Murray couldn't find an answer, that has to change.

Even before his heaviest-ever defeat in a Grand Slam, the two-time major winner had tried, on occasion, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  

Against Gael Monfils, he was two sets to the good and cruising before letting the tie go to five sets. Philipp Kohlschreiber came before and Murray was a break to the good at one point in all five sets.

Until he irons out the complacency, he cannot be considered as a true member of tennis' traditional 'big four'. Murray should be dismantling the likes of Stepanek, and should certainly be nowhere near losing.

Whether that is something  his new coach, Amelie Mauresmo, can fix remains to be seen. The Frenchwomen herself only managed two Grand Slam wins despite her lofty position at the top of the  rankings, ahead of the Williams sisters, for a fair amount of time. 

Sorry to cloud-over a lovely British summer, but hey, what we would do without a little bit of pessimism. 

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