Andy Murray looks on course to defend his Wimbledon crown having reached the quarter-finals with some stunning performances, and his goal is being aided by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
As two famous and successful Scotsmen, the pair must have a lot to discuss with their shared love of football and tennis. Ferguson is a regular on Centre Court and Murray showed his football skills in a keepy-uppy challenge the other day.
Murray hasn't looked in need of any help at SW19 thus far though, and another straight sets win, this time over seeded South African Kevin Anderson, he has set up a tie with recent Queen's winner Grigor Dimitrov.
Dimitrov, boyfriend of female superstar Maria Sharapova, poses a very big threat to Murray's defence and the world no.5, therefore, could learn a lot by listening some more to Ferguson.
Fourth round pep-talk
The defending champion revealed that the former Manchester United manager watched his match with Anderson and lent some advice to help him going forward as he's been doing throughout the year.
"He just said a few things, what he's observed when he's been watching me, not necessarily about technical or tactical things, but more sort of mental things, how you respond to tough or tight situations," Murray said.
Manchester United success
Ferguson won 38 major trophies with Manchester United and will forever be known as one of Britain's greatest ever football managers for his ability to win matches from difficult situations and keep a team at their peak level.
However the 72-year-old stood down from the Old Trafford hotseat after 27 years in charge last year and played a key role in the appointment of failed successor David Moyes.
Despite the failure of Moyes, who was sacked less than 12 months into a bumper six-year deal, Murray is keen to take advice from the man who was also in charge of Aberdeen and Scotland.
"Obviously you're going to listen to someone like him. He's witnessed a lot of big sort of tight sporting occasions. He obviously knows his stuff," Murray continued.
Ferguson hasn't been tempted back into a coaching role and is happy in his ambassadorial role with the Red Devils as new manager Louis van Gaal aims to bring back the good times at Old Trafford.
However, despite having plenty of time on his hands, Ferguson isn't likely to be threatening Amelie Mauresmo's new position as the 27-year-old's coach.
"He's someone I would obviously talk to if something came up that I felt I could benefit from speaking to him about something," he added.
"But I wouldn't see myself employing him or offering him a job within my team. I wouldn't see that happening."
Murray has been coached by a number of high-profile names down the years, but none of them have come from outside the world of tennis.
Mauresmo has a tough act to follow after Murray's highly successful partnership with Ivan Lendl ended earlier this year. The former Czech player also helped the British no.1 to US Open victory in 2012 . Murray is arguably the highest-profile star in the mens game to hire a female coach.
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