And now it seems the regard is mutual, for Agassi has picked him as his favourite for this year’s Australian Open.
Murray opens his campaign in the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time against Robin Haase, a versatile and talented Dutchman who has given him serious trouble in the past. But Agassi believes that Murray has taken strength from last year’s successes at the US Open and Olympic Games, and will now start to dominate opponents in the way that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic do.
“Heading into the year, you really have to look at Murray and Djokovic as the two in position to raise standards,” Agassi said. “Heading particularly towards Australia, I like Andy.
“The way he got across the line in New York will have a huge impact on him moving forward because he had to step up and take it. He couldn’t just wait and watch somebody implode. He had to step up in that fifth set and step up to the biggest situation against the biggest player on the biggest stage and take it, and he did."