Rod Laver: 'Andy Murray will win more grand slams'

Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Wimbledon trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final on July 7, 2013
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Rod Laver says that Andy Murray will win several more Grand Slams before he retires from tennis.

Tennis legend Rod Laver is certain that Andy Murray will win more Grand Slams throughout his career having won the US Open and Wimbledon over the past year.

The Scot became the first British man since Fred Perry 77 years ago to be crowned champion at SW19 after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final earlier this month.

Laver, who won all four major tournaments in a calendar year on two occasions during his playing days, believes that Murray will win a lot more titles before he retires from the game.

"A few years ago when I watched Murray losing in Grand Slam finals, I never doubted he had the ability to beat the world's best players – Roger Federer Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic – in big matches, but my one reservation about Murray was his lack of self belief and his failure to play enough 'kill' shots when he was on top," Laver told The Scotsman.

"I now believe Murray has proved he does have both the self-belief and the aggression needed to beat anybody. He's also shown that he knows how to handle the pressure on crucial points because he's a smarter player than before when he seemed to find ways to lose finals he should have won as his form went up and down like a yo-yo.

"The difference with Murray is that now he's got two majors to his name, including the big one, Wimbledon, so that should give him the confidence to go on and win more grand-slam tournaments. I would be very surprised if he didn't."

Murray is currently ranked as number two in the world.

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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
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19United States John Isner2,110
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