French Open

McEnroe, Ivanisevic tip Murray for the final

2017-06-06 10:01
Andy Murray (Getty)

Paris - Tennis legends John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic reckon Andy Murray has a good chance of making the final at Roland Garros.

McEnroe made the prediction after watching the world No 1 dispose of young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for a fourth consecutive time.

Murray has come an awfully long way from where he was two weeks ago as he entered the tournament on a run of three losses from four, and McEnroe said he fancied the Scot to beat Kei Nishikori in Wednesday’s quarter-final. 

“I think he’s been great. I don’t think he was as far away as people were saying. It’s a lot of attitude. He’s tougher to beat in the Slams,” said McEnroe. 

“The draw looked fairly tough in the beginning but now you would have to say you would be somewhat surprised if he didn’t get at least to the semis, if not the final,” he added. 

Former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic has also been impressed by Murray’s revival. 

“He didn’t start the season like he want and then he started to be really not confident,” said Ivanisevic. 

“But he has found himself, he has found himself in the right moment – when you’re the top seed, last year’s finalist and you want to win. 

"I saw him today. He played very well. He’s playing better and better. Now all the things are possible. Anybody can win. 

“You have Ivan Lendl in your team, the guy has so much experience. Andy knows what he has to do. Sometimes you can play so bad before a Grand Slam, but the Grand Slam comes and you win somehow, and you don’t know why. He is in form at the right moment and he is playing better and better every round.”

Read more on:    french open  |  andy murray  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.