Baghdatis has inside info on Murray

WIMBLEDON, England -- If there was any awkwardness between them, you'd never have known it.

Andy Murray and Miles Maclagan crossed paths at practice on Friday and exchanged wide grins, and later, when Maclagan was doing a television interview, Murray tried to make him laugh. Harmless fun. Maclagan conversed with Ivan Lendl, too.

But the intrigue is sure to be high when Murray faces the immensely talented Marcos Baghdatis in the third round at Wimbledon on Saturday given that Maclagan, now in Baghdatis' corner, used to coach the Scot. Lendl, the eight-time Grand Slam winner, is now Murray's man.

"We get on well but unfortunately there's a big age gap," Maclagan, 37, told a small group of reporters. "We weren't around each other's houses playing PlayStation. I spent 2.5 years with him and I have a huge amount of respect for the work and appreciate the work he put in and the work he still puts in. We are good friends, and we do speak on the phone occasionally."

Murray admitted when he played Baghdatis in Tokyo last fall, it was strange seeing Maclagan in the other box. In Brisbane in January, he settled better.

"I mean, now, I wouldn't have thought it would have any bearing on the match, really," Murray said in his news conference Thursday.

Maclagan, though, piled pressure on Murray when he suggested Baghdatis' chances of ousting the fourth seed were "slim," despite the players splitting their six head-to-heads and Baghdatis' ability to lift his game on the bigger stages.

With Rafael Nadal suffering an unexpected defeat in the second round, Murray is now favored to reach a maiden Wimbledon final.

"It affects Andy a lot," Maclagan said of Nadal's loss. "His job will be, the old cliche, to focus on one match. But the pressure adds for him because everyone is looking to see if he's going to play [Novak] Djokovic or [Roger] Federer in the final now -- the good old British press. They forget that there are other good players out there. He's lost to Nadal three of the last four Wimbledons. I'm sure he's paid a fair bit of attention to that."

Maclagan says for the time being, things are going well with Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open finalist who has parted with many a coach.

"Right now at this moment he's won two matches at Wimbledon, so our relationship is great!" he said with a laugh.