Boris Becker: 'Andy Murray's time is running out'

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Boris Becker says that it will get harder for Andy Murray to win his first Grand Slam with each year he does not break through.

Boris Becker believes that it will get harder for Andy Murray to win a Grand Slam title with each passing year.

The Scot embarks on his seventh Wimbledon campaign against Nikolay Davydenko this afternoon, having reached the semi-final in each of the last three years.

Murray has also competed in three Grand Slam finals, but is yet to break through to win his first.

However, Becker, who is a three-time champion at SW19, believes that Murray is a victim of circumstance by playing in the midst of a golden generation.

"Andy is not the favourite to win Wimbledon this year, and that's the good news: he is already under enough pressure to deliver that breakthrough Grand Slam win without the added expectation on home soil," The Mirror quotes Becker as saying.

"He is ranked in the top four, which is also good news, because he has been playing consistent tennis for the last two years, and consistency is always an asset at the highest level. But unfortunately for Andy, he is playing in the same era as Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, who have won Wimbledon nine times between them, and that is putting huge pressure on him to do the same.

"The reality is that with each passing year that he doesn't crack it, Andy is going to find it more difficult to win the big prizes. He is 25 years old now, and coming into the best years for a tennis player, and the real hope must be that he maximises the fitness and mobility of his prime years."

Becker won six Grand Slam titles in total.

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