Wimbledon: Murray coach will ‘get best out of him’

NEW coach Jonas Bjorkman will wring every last drop of talent out of Andy Murray, just like he did in his own playing career, according to Tim Henman.

Andy Murray and Jonas Bjorkman (left) during Friday's practice session. Picture: PA
Andy Murray and Jonas Bjorkman (left) during Friday's practice session. Picture: PA

Former world number four Henman won five of his 10 career meetings with Bjorkman, but twice lost to the Swede at the Australian Open.

Bjorkman also reached a career-high ranking of four in the world, with contemporary and friend Henman hailing his ability to maximise his talent - effectively overachieving.

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Bjorkman has become 2013 Wimbledon champion Murray’s latest coaching addition and Henman backed the 43-year-old to help the Scot add to his two grand slam titles.

Andy Murray and Jonas Bjorkman (left) during Friday's practice session. Picture: PA

“I know Jonas very well, I played 10 years at least on the tour with him, we practised together a lot and he’s a great guy,” Henman told Press Association Sport.

“I think he will have a very positive impact, and he’ll have more and more responsibility with Amelie Mauresmo’s pregnancy.

“You talk about someone getting the maximum out of their game, he was limited but he made it to four in the world.

“He knew exactly what to do to make sure he went absolutely as far as he could in the game.

“And that kind of depth of analysis and work ethic will definitely translate into making him a good coach.

“So you’ve got Jonas who squeezed absolutely everything out of his ability in his career, and when you’ve got the tools of Murray’s trade as well, to use those in the right fashion, I think it’s a great combination.”

Murray will face Italy’s world number 27 Andreas Seppi in Wimbledon’s third round on Saturday as he continues his bid for a second title at SW19.

The 28-year-old will be hot favourite for victory, especially given Murray has won their last six encounters without even dropping a set.

Seppi saw off Croatia’s Borna Coric to book his Murray meeting, and did defeat the world number three at Nottingham back in 2006 - but Britain’s 2012 Olympic champion should still prevail.

Bjorkman joined Murray’s coaching staff in March, coinciding with the former US Open champion’s best-ever clay-court season, raising hopes of another stellar Wimbledon campaign.

Former British number one Henman backed Bjorkman’s calm attitude to help Murray continue to keep a lid on the frustrations that can build when the grand slam course does not run smooth.

“Jonas had a great attitude in his playing days, he worked extremely hard and really enjoyed the whole process,” said Henman.

“And I think that’s absolutely spot-on for Andy on the mental side of things, to get out there and have fun, and to really the process of what he’s working on and the way that he plays.

“And it’s about not getting frustrated with himself; to really be clear in the process not the outcome.

“So I think that’s working well.”