Andy Murray admits struggle for motivation since reaching the top of the world
ANDY MURRAY confesses he has struggled for motivation since becoming world No 1.
Murray’s 2017 record is the worst for a world No 1 since Pete Sampras in 1999.
The Wimbledon and Olympic champion, 30, said: “I got to No 1 in the world at the end of last year and there’s been some times this year where it has been difficult to keep up the motivation and set new goals.
“Maintaining your motivation, your focus and concentration for a very long period is difficult. At the end of last year I put in a lot of effort, focus and I achieved a very big goal.
“I had a similar period after I won my first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open.
“And also after I won Wimbledon for the first time — especially Wimbledon because I felt like there was nothing . . .
“That’s why I was playing tennis, to win Wimbledon. You have to reset your goals.
“That’s something I need to do now to look to the future and to keep myself motivated for the big events.
“The last few months have been difficult but I believe I will turn it around and I hope it starts here in Paris.”
Tennis legend Boris Becker believes Muzza’s slump is not helped by the long separation from his on-off head coach Ivan Lendl.
The Scot will today learn his draw for the French Open, which starts on Sunday.
But he and Lendl have not been together since Murray’s shock fourth-round exit from January’s Aussie Open.
They were due to hook up at the Miami Open in March but Murray missed it with an elbow injury.
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Becker, Novak Djokovic’s head coach until December, said: “When I first asked to work for Novak, the initial idea was Slams only.
“I said, ‘I have to see you more than a couple of days before Grand Slams to know where you are’.
“That’s their arrangement but I think the gap is may be a little long.
“Ivan knows what Andy is going through so I am sure they have had enough sessions, conversations or dinners — but again you have to show it on the court.”