NOVAK DJOKOVIC looked likely to go into the French Open as favourite to claim the only grand slam title he has yet to win after he defeated Rafael Nadal to triumph in the Monte Carlo Masters last month.
Andy Murray would not put a number on it but, as he left Rome last night, despondent and frustrated on a 26th birthday he would rather forget, the chances of him showing up in Paris for the French Open later this month seemed no more than 50-50.
ANDY MURRAY scrapped his way to victory in a tough workout against Germany's Florian Mayer that lasted more than two hours yesterday afternoon but Novak Djokovic, the world No.1, was unable to match him in a dramatic night game against Grigor Dimitrov.
ANDY Murray's first clay-court outing of the season might have been short lived but six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker believes he will never get a better chance than this year to win the French Open.
Andy Murray does not need any extra incentive to win Wimbledon this summer but if he does become the first British man to win it since Fred Perry in 1936, then he will take home £1.6m for his efforts, a rise of 39% on the 2012 winner's cheque.