Bjorkman: Murray is better now

The Swede, himself a semi-finalist at the All-England Club in 2006, joined Murray???s team in March and will have a bigger role to play over the coming months as coach Amelie Mauresmo is expecting a baby in August.

The two-time Grand Slam winner Murray begins his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday, and is scheduled to appear last on centre court against Kazakhstan???s Mikhail Kukushkin.

Bjorkman has had a chance to see Murray up close after covering tennis from the commentary box for years and tends to agree with the Scot???s assessment that he has improved since his Wimbledon triumph two years ago.

???That???s what he says and he???s the one who knows himself the best,??? Bjorkman said.

???Obviously I did a lot of commentating for the last five years so I have watched a lot of matches and I have to agree.

???I think he???s looking really strong, physically in great shape. He???s looking good; he had a great week at Queen???s.

???He???s been playing superb tennis the whole year so hopefully that???s the case and hopefully he can have a good one here.???

Bjorkman, who won the Wimbledon doubles title three times, was expected to help to bring a calming influence to Murray on the court but said he found his coaching group to be easy to adjust to from the start.

He said: ???Amelie and the rest of the team is very easy going so it has been great fun to come into this group and Andy is a hard worker so it is easy to get into the groove to work hard with him.

???I was pretty emotional when I played, I would say. I showed a lot of positive feelings out there. I tried to be fist-pumping a lot when I played well, obviously lost the temper once in a while, but I think he has been very calm this year.

???He has been working really hard to get back after his injury and fingers crossed he will have a good run here.???

With Mauresmo???s impending departure from Murray???s camp after Wimbledon, 43-year-old Bjorkman could take over her role throughout the American hard-court season, including the US Open.

However, asked as to whether he will be in Murray???s corner for the long term, Bjorkman said nothing had been decided.

???At the moment, yes, I will do that,??? he said.??? Obviously, she has got something to look forward to in seven or eight weeks which is probably going to be very emotional and fantastic for her to become a mother for the first time so that???s going to be great for her.

???So we hope that???s going to go well and hopefully she will be back later on when she???s ready for it.

???At the moment we just planned all the way to the end of the season and then we???ll see what happens after that.

???It???s been great, an awesome challenge for me to get into the group with Amelie and the rest of the team together with Andy and hopefully we all can help him to achieve his goals and hopefully that will carry on for a while.???

Murray has been handed a tough draw as he bids for a second Wimbledon crown which could see him have to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer before a final showdown with World No 1 Novak Djokovic.

However, the third seed said he is taking it one match at a time.

???I concentrate on the first one only,??? he said.

???Kukushkin, I played him a couple of times in 2012. I played him in Brisbane and at the Australian Open and he???s a tough opponent.

???He pushed Rafa very hard, I believe it was last year here in five sets, and he???s dangerous.???

Murray also said he felt as though the pressure and expectation heaped upon him eased after he won at the All-England Club in 2013.

He added: ???Every year it did feel like it was harder, it did feel like the expectations got bigger and bigger until I managed to win.

???I definitely feel more relaxed now, not just here, but in general when I???m playing on the tour and hopefully that can help me this week.???

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