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Davydenko says 'grouch potato' Murray not good enough to win Grand Slams

June 26, 2012 - London

Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko has described British number one Andy Murray as a whiner, and believes the Scot isn't good enough to win a Grand Slam ahead of their Wimbledon first round clash on Tuesday.

"We just laugh sometimes. Sometimes he walks on court, he looks tired, like he doesn't want to run anymore, and then, he runs like an animal. He has done that all his career. He just walks and he's like 'ah, I don't want to play any more," The Sun quoted Davydenko, as saying.

"Then he starts returning and running and you see his condition is very good. Maybe it is a special Scottish thing. I know it doesn't matter what he says, he will fight for everything, he will try to win," he added.

"He may have a pain somewhere, but if you ask any player, they will all say they have pains here and there. Nobody says they are perfect. It's just not possible," he said.

Murray has won five of his nine clashes with the 31-year-old Davydenko but they have never met on grass, and Davydenko believes the world number four is still not at the level of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

"Murray has reached the Australian Open final, but it doesn't look like he has enough to win it. When you look at Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, they look like different players. I think it's difficult for him to go to that level," Davydenko said.

"But he is good player and he holds his level. I don't understand you guys because he's from Scotland and you're British. He is Scottish, haven't you had a war for 100 years with Scotland? Now, you guys think you're Scottish, you're smart!" he added.


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