World number one Andy Murray has struggled for form this year due to a lack of time to rest, according to Greg Rusedski.

Rusedski pinpoints Murray issue

Rusedski pinpoints Murray issue

Murray enjoyed an incredible 2016, which saw him reach the finals of the Australian and French Open, while he also claimed a second Wimbledon title and won a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

The Scot’s high standards led to him becoming world number one for the first time at the back end of 2016 but his form has not come close to those levels in 2017.

Former British number one Rusedski believes that is mainly down to a lack of rest and he feels he should have taken more time to recharge the batteries at the end of 2016.

“He needed a break and didn’t take one,” Rusedski told sportinglife.com. “It was straight into training after just two weeks off and then straight off Down Under to Australia via Doha.

“He’s also had shingles and an elbow problem and to me he still didn’t look well in Rome.

“From what I’ve seen this year he hasn’t looked healthy and that shows by results rather than the tennis he’s been playing.”