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Tales from tennis’ fifth major

Greg Rusedski writes exclusively for Reuters thanks to Thomson Reuters’ sponsorship of the Lawn Tennis Association.

The Sony Ericsson Open tournament is considered the fifth major by most of the tennis fraternity. It became a week with many story lines:

- Could Andy Murray regain form?
- Would Juan Martin del Potro continue his great comeback form?
- Would there be a new American number 1?
- Would Roger Federer be in the mix for his 2nd title this year?
- Could Rafael Nadal win Miami for the first time?
- And finally could Novak Djokovic continue his unbeaten season?

Murray was even worse than last week and lost to Alex Bogomolov Jr. in straight sets in his first match. This is now two weeks in a row losing to players outside the top 100. Following his defeat he parted company with his part time coach Alex Corretja. He said by Monte Carlo there would be a new coach appointed who has won a major or coached a player to a major. There has been lots of speculation from Lendl to Connors to Wilander, nobody knows. Also on April fool’s day Murray announced on twitter that his friend and doubles specialist Ross Hutchins would be his new coach. Sky Sports, BBC and the world press ran with the story and were not impressed by his Aprils fool’s joke because of the proximity to his parting of company with his coach. I believe he needs to stay away from these sorts of games and appoint a top coach or top psychologist to get back to his best. This is turning out to be a very difficult period in his career. It is only going to get more difficult with clay court season about to start. He needs to just concentrate on his tennis.