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Andy Murray inspired by Alex Ferguson pep talk ahead of Wimbledon

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Being a top sports star is great; you get the money, you’ve got the skills already, you’re adored by thousands if not millions and above all else you get to rub shoulders with those huge names around you. Andy Murray has been using his heightened attention in the build-up to Wimbledon to receive some top advice too.

The Briton is ready to challenge for his second Wimbledon title in three years and looks in a good place to do so after a fantastic run of form. The Australian Open finalist and French Open semi-finalist is seeded third as he bids to regain the title he won in 2013.

Murray’s return to form after a torrid 2014 season has been credited mostly to a new lease of life personally, following his marriage with long-term partner Kim Sears. However, a great deal of praise must be attributed to his coach Amelie Mauresmo and her pregnancy-cover coach, Jonas Bjorkman.

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Mauresmo is the one who has been there through the difficult spells and is helping her pupil back into his good days though. Their partnership loosely mirrors the relationship between Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.

The Scottish manager enjoyed a difficult spell as the manager at Old Trafford before eventually finding the winning formula and turning the club into the most successful-ever English football team. As such, Sir Alex is the perfect man to seek out or some advice and Murray is lucky enough to have the opportunity to tap into his knowledge.

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Murray has spoken before of the advice that the retired manager has dished out, and it would appear that the duo have solicited again ahead of the two-time Grand Slam champion’s opener against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Inspiration

"I have met him a few times and he is a great, great person to talk to," Murray said as he completes his final preparations. "He has given me quite a bit of advice – especially on the mental side – on how to prepare for a big match.

"It is always great to meet people who have experienced so many things and have the passion to share it.

"He spoke to me a lot about the consistency of his club and how to maintain it over the years. That is something that was amazing with what he did over such a long period.

"His teams were always there or there abouts. They never had two or three great seasons and then a bad one for a year.

"There were always up there. Even when they weren't playing so well, they would always find a way to win. On top of that, he is also very funny."

Bad omen

Murray will be hoping that any words of wisdom he receives this year are better than what he got 12 months ago. After reaching the quarter-finals in his title defence in 2014, the world no.3 mentioned then that he had spoken to the 73-year-old after he was spotted watching one of his matches.

However, he would go-on to lose his last-eight encounter against Grigor Dimitrov while Novak Djokovic went on to lift the crown.

Djokovic and Roger Federer, who lost the final 12 months ago in pursuit of his eighth SW19 title and 18th Grand Slam trophy, will be the main rivals again for Murray. The former got his campaign underway with a comfortable first round win on Monday.

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