Just a day after his loss to Novak Djokovic in Madrid, Andy Murray announced the news that he would be calling break-point on his coach Amelie Mauresmo after two years.
Since the pair began working together back in June 2014 Murray has won seven titles but failed to expand on his collection of two majors, which were won under former coach Ivan Lendl.
The US citizen helped Murray to Olympic glory in 2012, and continued to impress when aiding Muzza’s path to Wimbledon success a year later.
However, now is not the time to dwell on the past.
Murray once again suffered defeat at the hands of the imperious Djokovic in Madrid, and has not tasted victory against the World No.1 since the Montreal Masters last year.
The loss also meant that the 28-year-old surrendered his World No.2 ranking to Roger Federer.
Murray put on an admirable performance in defeat though, taking the Serb to three sets, but ran out of answers to fall 6-3 at the final hurdle.
It may not sound like much, but it was a vast improvement on the straight-set drubbings the best in the world usually hands the Scot, offering a glimmer of hope for battles to come.
So, is this a sign of a promising future despite his split from Mauresmo?
While it’s true that Murray’s win percentage has been better with the Frenchwoman than any of his other coaches since 2005, he’s failed to add to his Slams, and to take a set from the Serb for the first time in three matches has certainly raised eyebrows.
If Murray is to salvage his reputation against the World No.1 though, he’s also going to have to fend off the likes of Federer, Nadal and Wawrinka as they all continue to work towards the French Open later this month.
Should he do this, another meeting with Djokovic could well be on the horizon.
Murray’s form in Rome and subsequently at Roland Garros will be telling when it comes to questions surrounding the Mauresmo split.
But for now former Davis Cup player Jamie Delgado, who has been Murray’s assistant coach since February of this year, looks a fitting replacement.
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