World number seven and a 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal has praised Andy Murray as one of the finest talents he has ever come across, but feels the Scott’s two slam haul does not do justice to his reputation.
The veteran Spaniard, who has undergone a dreary patch of form of late, commended the British number one’s character and thinks had he made the most of the opportunities in his career, his majors tally would have presented a far better reading.
Murray currently has two Grand Slam titles to his name but has finished runner-up on five occasions - including this year’s Australian Open final, where he lost in four tightly-contested sets to Novak Djokovic.
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The Scotsman himself suffered a scratchy last season owning to fitness and confidence issues, but has since turned the corner and reestablished his position amongst the game’s bigwigs.
He is currently gearing up to lead his country’s march to Davis Cup glory at the season’s close.
And Nadal expressed his admiration for the 28-year-old, hailing him as one of the finest talents on the men’s tour.
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Nadal: Murray has had 'amazing career'
He told Sky Sports: “He's a great guy, a natural guy and for me that is important. I am natural, I am honest with the people I'm talking to.
"If I'm playing bad I don't create stories. Andy is similar. He is fair, he is honest and a very good guy. And at the same time he is one of the most talented players I have ever seen.
“I think he has an amazing career already. He will have had an even better career by the end, but at the same time for his level in general and his opportunities he should have won more.”
Though surely a far more talented player than Murray himself, Nadal has had a year to forget. The Spaniard failed to go past the quarter-final stage of any slam and saw his supreme reign at the French Open halted by Novak Djokovic.
Anxiety and lack of confidence are the underscoring factors linked to Nadal’s crumbling fortunes – something which he himself agrees to.
The world number seven is not too sure about his prospects of winning another Grand Slam, but claimed he will continue his pursuit of being the best again.
He said: “I don't know. I don't know if I can win another Grand Slam," said Nadal. "I believe yes. I don't know if I'm going to do it... but I can do it.
"I'm going to work hard to create more opportunities in the next couple of years so let's see if I'm able to relax, to control my emotions again and if that happens, and I believe it will happen soon because I feel much better, I'm going to find my level of tennis.”