For Andy Murray Wimbledon 2012 is far from over but according to Mr Nice Guy himself, Goran Ivanisevic, Murray needs to become a bit more brash and arrogant if he’s to stand a chance of taking the title this year.
Anticipation for Murray’s win has been building round by round this year, and no more so was that evident than last Thursday when Rafa Nadal – the man who has always come between Murray and a chance at a Wimbledon final – spectacularly crashed out of the second round. Now with just Frenchman Jo Wilfred Tsonga left between him and a possible appearance on Centre Court on Sunday, Ivanisevic thinks it’s time Murray mans up and takes a leaf out of Novak Djkokovic’s book.
“I like Djokovic, he doesn’t respect anybody on the court…Even when he was young, he thought he was going to be number one one day, and he became number one.”
The former Wimbledon Champion who was always that step behind Pete Sampras sees a lot of his “crazy Goran” tendencies in Murray, such as the tremendous respect he has for his three big rivals – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. Well aware that if the Brit defeats Tsonga today he’ll have to face either Federer or Djokovic, Ivanisevic’s advice is that “Murray has to take chances against these guys, he can’t wait for them to miss as they are never going to miss….he has to put the pressure on them.”
The Croatian also has concerns over the world number 4’s runner-up attitude when he declared recently that it would be worse to lose before the final than during it. This is an attitude that he shared during his three finals matches where he just wasn’t good enough to claim the trophy – “I thought it was bad to lose in the semis but not so bad to lose in the final….I should have been more aggressive to win the titles but was too polite.”
We’ve certainly seen a different Andy Murray during Wimbledon this year, no doubt largely due to the careful coaching of Ivan Lendl, but we’ll just have to wait for the outcome of his tough semi against Tsonga today to see if the pair will take heed of Ivanisevic’s advice