Murray hails Mauresmo after recent resurgence

Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:46pm EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - A feminine touch has helped Andy Murray get back to his best and the Briton has hailed the supportive influence of coach Amelie Mauresmo in his recent resurgence.

Murray endured a miserable end to last season, culminating in a 6-0 6-1 rout by Roger Federer at the ATP Tour Finals, leaving him at a low ebb.

The rebound, however, was almost immediate. He reached the Australian Open final in January before returning to Europe for the clay court swing, normally a barren period for the Scot, that delivered two unprecedented title triumphs.

A run to the French Open semi-finals and a narrow five-set defeat by world number one Novak Djokovic, his conqueror in Australia, will ensure he starts Wimbledon on Monday among the favorites to reclaim the crown he captured in 2013.

The Scot credits Mauresmo for guiding him through some testing times and contrasted the Frenchwoman's approach to some of her predecessors.

"In the 12 months I've been with Amelie I feel like I've come through some difficult moments," Murray told reporters at the All England Club on Saturday. 

"Last year there were a lot of people doubting me. I feel like she stuck with me during that period.

"I had an extremely tough loss at the end of last year. I'm glad I've been able to repay her faith in me with some good tennis this year," added Murray.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray (L), listen to his coach and former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo during a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Vincent Kessler