McEnroe: Murray has best chance of Paris win

American tennis great John McEnroe feels that Andy Murray’s best chance of winning the Roland Garros title for the first time could be this year.

In Friday afternoon’s semi-finals, the second-seeded Murray faces defending champion Stan Wawrinka while in the other match world number one Novak Djokovic is up against Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday’s final.

Murray has played well on clay courts in the last two years winning three tournaments including last month’s Italian Open in Rome where he beat Djokovic in the final.

With the likes of Roger Federer and nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafa Nadal out through injury, Murray’s chances of reaching the final and winning the title in Paris have never looked better.

Seven-time major winner McEnroe, who is working as a commentator in Paris tells Eurosport in an interview that maybe this year is Murray’s best opportunity to win the title for the first time at the second grand slam of the year.

“Maybe Andy’s best chance to win the French ever could be this year,” said McEnroe. “I don’t know if he’s going to be able to keep this up, so to me, he has got his best shot ever.

“He has arguably been coming up against the three greatest guys who ever lived. So he has gotten a lot better and he can take pride in that. He can still add on a couple of majors.

“I think he is doing everything he can. I don’t know him that well, certainly not enough to see his day-to-day. But Andy’s had an incredibly consistent record in the slams.”

Murray has won two grand slam singles titles, the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013. He has reached the Australian Open final five times and this year is the fourth time he has reached the Roland Garros semi-finals.

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