Andy Murray must go on the attack insists Jonas Bjorkman

Jonas Bjorkman
Jonas Bjorkman

Andy Murray’s coach Jonas Bjorkman has urged the Scot to fight fire with fire and attack Roger Federer in Friday’s Wimbledon semi-final.

Bjorkman was brought into Murray’s back-room team in March to work with Amelie Mauresmo at adding more variety and aggression to the British number one’s game.

Murray has thrived under his new sense of freedom, enjoying his best ever clay-court season and stringing together 10 consecutive victories on grass, which included winning a fourth title at Queen’s last month.

Federer has typically played the role of aggressor in previous meetings, with Murray using his speed and guile to counter-punch the Swiss, but Bjorkman believes his protegee should stick to his guns and attack this time around.

“That will still be the best way, absolutely,” Bjorkman said. “We’re trying, Amelie and I, to get him to be more comfortable at the net and be more aggressive.

“That’s what he was asking me to come into the team and help out with and it will take some time because at big tournaments it’s hard to do that straight away.

“But there’s no doubt he has the potential. He has the legs, he’s one of the fastest guys out there, he’s super strong and he can attack in behind when he’s under pressure.”