Murray maintains French momentum
Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30
Andy Murray is playing the best tennis of his career and ranks behind only Novak Djokovic in the race to win the French Open, according to Annabel Croft.
Murray's bid for glory at Roland Garros has gathered momentum after the Scot won his maiden clay-court title at the Munich Open earlier this month, before beating Rafael Nadal for the first time on the red sand to triumph at the Madrid Masters.
The world number three lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January but with Nadal struggling for form and Roger Federer uncomfortable on clay, Murray is arguably the Serb's greatest threat in Paris.
"I think Murray's tennis is at a level now where it's almost as high if not higher than when he won Wimbledon and the US Open," Croft said.
"Beating Nadal in Madrid was a really big win mentally for him because he's always looked up to Nadal but he also knows Nadal is well, well beneath his best. In my mind he's the second favourite going into the French Open.
"If he meets Djokovic I would have to pick Djokovic to come through because Djokovic has beaten Murray seven times in a row, so he has the edge over him."
All of the upcoming French Open will be televised live by Setanta Sports who have confirmed an extension to their deal with Roland Garros, meaning that the grand slam event remains live on Setanta Ireland until 2019.
They have also finalised a three-year deal to show all of Wimbledon live, while Setanta will also be televising all 26 games live from the upcoming Copa America which starts on June 11.