Cape Town - Former tennis great John McEnroe has lauded Andy Murray for his terrific achievements in the game of late.
Only six months ago, the idea that anyone could challenge Novak
Djokovic's status as the world's best player seemed unthinkable, but the
Scot knuckled down and produced a series of remarkable results that saw
him not only overtake Djokovic at the top of the world rankings, but
prove his newfound status was deserved by defeating the Serb in the
final of the ATP World Tour Finals.
Murray's victory in London on Sunday left Djokovic admitting: "Andy is definitely number one in the world."
McEnroe was complimentary of Murray's efforts, while also warning him
that several players will look to step in the void created by
Djokovic's dip in form.
"Murray is an amazing athlete. He's going to try to take advantage of
this time because it's limited, we all know that," said the former
number one to BBC Sport.
"I do anticipate he's going to do everything possible to take advantage of it.
"But I would hope there's a lot of hungry players behind him that see
a void and an opening, as well as Novak, who wants to catch Rafa Nadal
and potentially Roger Federer."
Murray has clearly worked exceptionally hard at transforming himself into a world beater.
One clear example of his improvement is with his second serve. Once
considered a weakness in his game, Murray has managed to turn it into a
"He's been extremely patient, he's persevered and he's also gotten
better. That combination is hard to do when you've been dealt a bunch of
blows against three of the greatest players who ever lived.
"To come out of that a better player, and a better man it appears, is pretty amazing, so I give him a lot of credit."