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McEnroe fears Murray meltdown at Wimbledon

ESPN staff
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Tennis great John McEnroe fears Andy Murray is set for a disappointing Wimbledon as he continues to struggle with injury.

Murray, the current world No. 4, was dumped out of the recent French Open at Roland Garros in the quarter-finals after struggling with a back complaint for much of the tournament - the latest in a series of medical issues that have ailed the Scot in recent times.

Based on his own experience, McEnroe worries that the back pain might be a physical symptom of the mental strain Murray is currently under - and is concerned it will ravage his chances at the All England Club.

"I had back issues and always wondered how mental or physical it was," McEnroe said. "A lot of stress goes to that part of the body -- and he's under a lot of stress. I remember watching Roger Federer play Wimbledon the first year he won it.

"He was struggling with his back problem. But somehow he dug a little deeper and won it.

"I'm sure everyone here is hoping that with Andy but this gap seems to be widening right now."

The American believes Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have separated themselves further from Murray in recent months - making his chances of a long-awaited grand slam breakthrough even slimmer.

McEnroe noted: "Is Murray as good as these guys? He's bordering on great. But is he as great as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer? That is a different issue."

McEnroe also believes Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl, may need to commit more of his time to the Scot if their partnership is to produce the desired result.

"Ivan is still learning as a coach," McEnroe said. "He's not full-time, that's tricky. But Ivan could help him with injuries."

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