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Petchey reveals Murray confidence

21st July 2019, 15:57 by James Mason

Mark Petchey insists Andy Murray would not have made a comeback if he didn't feel another Grand Slam title was possible.

Former British number one Murray revealed at the Australian Open back in January that he could be forced into early retirement due to a long-standing hip problem that had plagued him over the past couple of years.

However, the 32-year-old underwent a hip-resurfacing operation before making a tentative return to action in the doubles at Queen's, which he ended up winning alongside Feliciano Lopez.

The Scot continued his comeback by playing in the men's and mixed doubles at Wimbledon this summer and revealed he is confident that he could still compete with the best in singles.

Petchey, who used to coach Murray, believes the two-time Olympic gold medallist has the confidence and belief that he can add to his three Grand Slams, the last of which came at Wimbledon in 2016.

"Winning, being No 1 in the world, taking another Slam, that is what he wants," he is quoted as saying in Herald Scotland. "To be competitive, to get out there and give himself a chance against his biggest rivals, that is what Andy is looking to do.

"There is no way in my opinion that Andy would come back if he didn't genuinely feel he had a chance in one of these big four events."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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