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Navratilova: Murray 'not in mix' for Wimbledon

ESPN staff
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Former Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova has expressed her belief that Andy Murray is "not in the mix" with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer when it comes to competing for a grand slam title.

Following the news that Murray was seeded fourth for Wimbledon, nine-time SW19 champion Navratilova explained that while she believes the Brit has the potential to win a major title in the future, his current rivals are just too strong and present much stiffer competition than Tim Henman ever faced.

"I see it as a top three. Andy is not in the mix," Navratilova said. "I mean he gets to the semi-finals. He's been to a couple of finals but Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are head and shoulders above everybody else. Those guys are just playing on another level."

Navratilova does believe Murray's day will come, and continued: "He was closer to it last year. At the Australian Open I thought Andy played very well, and Ivan Lendl has made a big difference in his game, and an even bigger one in his attitude.

"He was head and shoulders above where he was before, with his attitude and his composure on the court, and he played so much better because of it."

She added: "Does he have a grand slam in him? Absolutely. But he is coming up against very good guys.

"I just do not know if it can happen now because Nadal and Djokovic are just playing better, no matter how good his attitude is, they are just playing better. It is a bigger gulf for him than it was for Tim Henman."

John McEnroe also recently questioned Murray's Wimbledon hopes, although the American's doubts were based largely on fitness issues.

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