Beaten Murray ‘has years left at the top’

By BBC

Jimmy Connors, Tim Henman, Pat Cash and other former players deliver their verdicts on Andy Murray’s Wimbledon quarter-final exit.

On the same Centre Court where he ended Great Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion last year, Murray gave a listless display in the quarter-finals as he was thrashed 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 by rising star Grigor Dimitrov.

In four Grand Slams since his Wimbledon triumph, Murray, 27, has not reached a final and has only got past the quarter-finals on one occasion, although he spent a large chunk of the last 12 months recovering from back surgery.

Although critical of Murray’s “flat” body language during the match, Connors backed the Briton to return to the top, even though the would number five will slip further down the world rankings as a result of his defeat at SW19.

“Murray has got years of great tennis left,” Connors, who won his last Grand Slam in 1983 at the age of 31, told BBC Sport.

“Winning Grand Slams is different to other tournaments. It’s two weeks, with days off, fighting mental battles, fighting physical battles, winning three out of five sets, everything. That’s why they are so tough.”

Fellow American John McEnroe felt Murray was just beaten by the “hungrier guy” but wondered if the Scot, who asked Amelie Mauresmo to be his coach following the French Open, might decide to give his former adviser, Ivan Lendl, a call.

“I think it would still be possible and possibly profitable for both of them,” said McEnroe, who won seven Grand Slams in his career. “Having said that, I would give Amelie more of a chance.”

John Lloyd said he was “baffled” by Murray’s performance, while Tim Henman, another former British number one, said Dimitrov was a “star who will be around for a very long time”.

Read more from Connors, McEnroe, Lloyd and Henman below, plus reaction from the BBC’s other top tennis pundits.