Gilbert backs Murray at Roland Garros

Second seed Andy Murray’s former coach Brad Gilbert feels the Scot has played phenomenal tennis on clay over the last two years and feels he has been underrated going into Roland Garros.

Gilbert, a top ten tennis player in his playing days and the former coach of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori, feels that his former pupil is definitely the second favourite to lift the title after top seed Novak Djokovic.

While many are touting nine-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal to have peaked form-wise at the right time to challenge for a tenth crown, Gilbert feels that due to Murray not being defeated before the semi-finals of any clay court event in recent times means he is the danger man in the draw.

“Murray the last two years has played phenomenal tennis on clay. Murray plays his best tennis now by far on red clay.” Gilbert told Tennis World.

“He hasn’t lost before the semis in any event. He’s been very consistent. I’ve got Murray the second favourite.”

Gilbert added he feels that Murray’s current stand-in coach Jamie Delgado is doing a great job keeping the 29-year-old focused on his tennis and does not need to replace former coach Amelie Mauresmo, who left recently, until after Wimbledon.

“To me he’s playing his best tennis at the moment I’ve ever seen him play, and Jamie Delgado is the sole coach.

“I don’t think that he will do anything, certainly not until after the French, but I don’t think he’ll do anything until after Wimbledon.”

In Monday’s first round in Paris, Murray faces 37-year-old Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek in the fourth match of the day on Philippe-Chatrier Court.

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