John McEnroe sees gap widening between Andy Murray and rest of elite players

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Tennis legend John McEnroe shares his thoughts on what Andy Murray needs to do to close the gap on the game's top three players.

John McEnroe believes that Andy Murray needs to worry less about his physical issues and more about the problem of bridging the gap between himself and the world's best players.

Murray crashed out of the French Open with defeat to David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, not helped by a persistent back injury.

Grand Slam legend McEnroe is worried by the nature of Murray's injury. He told The Independent: "I don't know exactly what's going on with his back, but obviously one second it seemed like he was holding it and the next second he's sprinting.

"If anything, people are saying the gap is getting bigger, not smaller, so time is becoming of the essence. It almost seems like he's just got to get that mental part of it where he's got to forget about it.

"He's got to say I don't care if my back is hurt, I'm not going to give it off. That's what he's got to think about if he's going to win Slams. These guys are tough to beat, really tough."

Murray will be hoping to chase down that elusive major championship at Wimbledon, which begins in just 17 days' time.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray9,390
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,285
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,175
4Serbia Novak Djokovic5,805
5Switzerland Roger Federer4,765
6Canada Milos Raonic4,150
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,025
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,895
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,785
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,040
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,980
12Alexander Zverev2,860
13Belgium David Goffin2,785
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Lucas Pouille2,570
16France Gael Monfils2,545
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,360
18United States Jack Sock2,335
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,110
20Australia Nick Kyrgios2,110
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