Underdog status can be huge inspiration for Andy Murray at the French Open

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are seen as favourites for the men’s title at Roland Garros but world No1 is not worried about people talking down his chances

Andy Murray finds himself in the peculiar position of being the highest-ranked player yet considered behind Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in discussions about the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

Nadal, correctly, is an odds-on favourite to win a record 10th title here, although he probably will have a semi-final against the defending champion, Djokovic who, since Murray displaced him as world No 1 six months ago, has slowly rediscovered some of his old magic and brings a new coach to Paris, in Andre Agassi.

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