Tim Henman: 'Andy Murray has great chance at US Open'

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles third round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 27, 2014
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Tim Henman believes that Andy Murray still has a "great chance" of winning the US Open despite his form in 2014.

Former British number one Tim Henman has insisted that Andy Murray is a leading contender to win the US Open in New York.

Murray, who recorded victory in the same tournament two years ago, has been seeded eighth due to his inconsistent form in 2014, but Henman believes that the Scot is still one of the favourites in the final major of the season.

"I think he's got a great chance even though he hasn't had the most straightforward of years," the 2004 US Open semi-finalist told Sky Sports News. "It's an important time now, hard court is a great surface for him.

"He won his first slam at the US Open, and is always be a tough match for anyone."

Murray, who is currently ninth in the world rankings, has not won a title yet this year.

Britain's Andy Murray reacts to losing a point against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2014
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
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
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060