Goran Ivanisevic believes Kei Nishikori will not be able to handle playing against Andy Murray
After watching Murray brush aside the world No53 Karen Khachanov in straight sets to cruise through the fourth round today, the 2001 Wimbledon champion cannot imagine the Japanese No8 seed being able to stand up to a player who seems to have regained his form.
“I don’t see Nishikori beating Andy,” Ivanisevic said.
“Nishikori is good for quarters, semis, not more.
"He is going to crack.
"Andy is too good. Tennis-wise, yes, but it’s not only hitting the balls.”
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It is the same mental strength that Ivanisevic was hinting at which is helping Murray to justify his billing as the world’s best player just when it matters – even though he was some way short of that level in the build-up to the tournament.
“Last year he had the best six months and if somebody deserved to be No1 it was him,” Ivanisevic added.
“Probably he felt after that, ‘OK, I have it,’ and he didn’t start the season like he wanted.
"Then he started to be really not confident.
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“But he has found himself at the right moment – when you’re the top seed, last year’s finalist and you want to win.
“I saw him today. He played very well. He’s playing better and better.
"Now all the things are possible. Anybody can win.
“And when you have Ivan Lendl in your team, the guy has so much experience.
"Andy knows what he has to do.
“Sometimes you can play so bad before a Grand Slam, but the Grand Slam comes and you win somehow, and you don’t know why.
“He is in form at the right moment and he is playing better and better every round.”