'Andy Murray must be positive' says John McEnroe

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It has certainly been a difficult season for Andy Murray; the British number one has still yet to claim his inaugural Grand Slam title...

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Despite this, many pundits have a great deal of confidence that it is simply a matter of time before Murray finally overcomes this initial obstacle and claims his maiden Grand Slam title – among those who have this kind of faith in Murray is former champion John McEnroe.

The American tennis legend has warned Murray that he needs to take control of his “demons” if he is to stand a chance of elevating himself to the position that he wants to attain.

“You can't afford to waste energy, the game is so physical now,” commented McEnroe.

As well as commenting on the way in which the game has changed over the years, McEnroe also reflected on his time as a player in order to draw comparisons to how difficult the task that lies ahead of Murray is.

"It's difficult to wrestle with the demons inside,” said McEnroe.

"I was someone who went through periods of negative energy which helped [my opponents] and hurt me.

"The fact [Murray] was knocking on the door all the time [in 2011] makes you more optimistic he'll finally get the breakthrough.” he added.

Although McEnroe clearly has a level of faith in the world number four, he also showed some doubts of whether his skills were currently enough to challenge those of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“But seeing the way he reacted [at big moments] made me worried whether he'd be able to handle it all the way through - to get through a Nadal and a Federer, a Nadal and a Djokovic... is obviously extremely difficult." said McEnroe.

Coral and Sky Bet currently offer 7/4 odds that Andy Murray will win exactly one Grand Slam title during 2012, while Victor Chandler set their odds at 15/8.

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