Henman: Murray will return stronger

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Andy Murray has been backed to recover quickly after his comprehensive quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon Andy Murray has been backed to recover quickly after his comprehensive quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has "plenty of time left at the top" to shrug off his Wimbledon frustrations and claim more grand slam glory, according to Tim Henman.

Murray relinquished his Wimbledon crown in a straight-sets quarter-final defeat to 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old's loss brought renewed scrutiny on his partnership with Amelie Mauresmo - but Henman backed Murray to stick with his new coach until at least the end of the year.

"Andy will definitely come back stronger - there's no doubt about it," said Henman.

"There's no way he's finished, not at all.

"Look at Federer - he's nearly six years older than Murray, and he's still doing it at the very highest level.

"Andy is only 27, he has plenty of time left at the top of his game to go and win more grand slam titles, and that's exactly what I expect him to do.

"I understand the scrutiny, because he's had so much success and he's the only home-grown player at that level.

"He didn't play very well. Dimitrov is one of the best in the world and he took advantage of that.

"He'll be mulling over his performance and, when the time comes for him to get back out there, he'll be ready."

John McEnroe told the BBC that Murray could consider reuniting with former coach Ivan Lendl, having only employed Mauresmo after the French Open.

Mauresmo's role was initially on a trial basis for the grass-court season - but former world number four Henman believes Murray will not make any changes.

"All these decisions are Andy's prerogative, but that could be a backward step at this point," the HSBC ambassador said of a potential Lendl reunion.

"He's appointed Amelie Mauresmo, and that needs to be given a chance to see whether it can work.

"It's a tough time to start, certainly, the first day of Queen's, arriving there as defending champion and then being defending champion at home.

"Andy started the trend of the super coach, employing one of the legends of the game, and that's something other people have followed.

"I think it gives people confidence to have someone in their corner who has achieved so much.

"There's no doubting that Ivan had a big impact on Andy, helping him win the Olympics and then at the US Open.

"And that was a huge breakthrough period in his career.

"But he's got to let this develop now and see how things evolve there with Amelie, and perhaps at the end of the year re-evaluate things."

Former British number one Andrew Castle said Murray will regroup to ensure the manner of his comprehensive Dimitrov defeat has no lingering effect.

"It's not a crisis - you don't suddenly become an un-champion," said Castle.

"I think he was pretty shocked by the standard in the first set of Grigor Dimitrov and, even though he would have been ready mentally for it, he went out perhaps a step too slow and you get ambushed.

"Dimitrov is the real thing and he's going to be around for years. This grass-court season has been the emergence of Dimitrov.

"When you've had surgery and you've had a long time out and you've had coaching changes and you've done it all before, you just wonder if 0.5 per cent is off at the moment, and he's either going to regain that and win slams, or he's not.

"Either way, he's already achieved a vast amount.

"I hope he gets to the quarter-finals and semi-finals and has another go because right now he'll be very angry, he'll be looking at this today and going, 'Can I have another go?'

"He won Olympic gold, the US Open and Wimbledon, he's been top three or top four for ages so I think he can do it again.

"At the age of 27 and in the face of a generation coming up behind him now - (Milos) Raonic, probably (Nick) Kyrgios, and certainly Dimitrov - you have to fend them off.

"It's going to be interesting, the next two or three years, to see whether he can reach that pinnacle again. Personally, I think he can."

:: Tim Henman is an ambassador for HSBC, sponsor of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon national 14 & under challenge, the UK's largest national junior grass-court tournament.

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