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Lloyd: Murray can be the best

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:07

The 21-year-old British number one reached his first grand slam final at the US Open last month and has followed it up with back-to-back trophies at the Madrid Masters and St Petersburg Open.

“Andy is already a great player and now he has a chance to be the one – the number one,” Lloyd told the Guardian. “He is millimetres away from winning a grand slam. It would not surprise me if he wins one next year.”

Murray goes into this week’s Paris Masters as the fourth best player in the world behind Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“I still think he’s two years away from playing his best tennis – which is a scary thought. I think he’s very much a learner. He’s very astute in that he picks up things all the time and he knows what he needs to get that extra step.

“He’s been gradually chipping away at the top three guys – and in a lot of cases, beating the top three guys – but he’s taking it all on board.

“He is realistic enough to know that there is still a way to go but I think he knows what he has to do now.”

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