ANDY MURRAY must exploit all his qualities to reach the “proactive, aggressive” grass court tennis that can guide him to another Wimbledon title, according to Tim Henman.
Murray’s new coach Jonas Bjorkman has urged Murray to take a leaf out of former world number four Henman’s serve-volley book at SW19 this summer in a bid to add to his 2013 title.
Henman himself backed Murray to add an extra element of net-court work into his play: but tipped the 28-year-old Scot to dominate opponents through sheer unpredictability.
Henman believes Murray’s finest clay-court season yet, where he claimed two titles and reached the French Open semi-finals, offer hugely positive signs for the fast-approaching Wimbledon fortnight.
“I don’t think Andy should be serving and volleying every point, but it’s that type of variation that maybe one point a game he should look to serve and volley,” said Henman.
“And certainly he should really attack the second serve, because his returns are so good.
“It’s really a theme with Murray’s game, when he’s proactive he plays his best tennis.
“When he’s reactive and he lets his opponent dictate, that’s when he struggles.
“So those are all very proactive, aggressive strategies and game plans.
“For him to finish the point at a net on a grass court is no bad thing.
“And if you look at the way he played on clay he was definitely the most aggressive that I’ve seen in a long time, and I think that translated into his best clay-court season.
“So I think more of the same really.”
Murray was in doubles action with fellow Brit Dominic Inglot at the Aegon Championships earlier today, ahead of his second-round singles clash with Fernando Verdasco tomorrow.
Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman is adamant Murray must run right through his entire shot repertoire in order to capitalise fully on his recent fine form.
“If he digs into his full range then he can really keep opponents honest,” said Henman.
“It’s taking away the predictability, because Murray has so many different skills.
“He’s got to use all the weapons in his arsenal, because when you have them all, it’s important to use them.
“So looking to dictate, looking to move forward and finish the point at the net where he volleys very well is a good sign.
“You look at what he’s achieving in the game, he’s three in the world and there’s a fair chance he could go to two in the world.
“And his results speak for themselves.
“He does have enormous variety - he’s got a very good slice backhand, he moves well, he’s a great reader with a great understanding of the game.”