Australian Open 2012: Lendl was happy with my display – Murray

Ivan Lendl was "very happy" with Andy Murray's battling performance against Ryan Harrison, according to the fourth seed

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Andy Murray has revealed his new coach Ivan Lendl was “very happy” with the British No1’s first-round victory over Ryan Harrison on Tuesday.

Murray lost the first set before easing to a 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 win against his American opponent to set up a second-round clash with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Melbourne.

“He was very happy,” Murray told reporters. “He understands how you might be feeling at the start of a grand slam, what it’s like to play against someone that you haven’t played against, what it’s like playing in different conditions, how you feel in really warm conditions.

“It’s just good to have someone there that understands all of those things. Someone maybe without the experience might walk in and be like, ‘what the hell were you doing in the first set? What were you playing at in the first six or seven games?’

“He understands the feelings that you go through. Once I started moving better, I played better and the last few sets were good.”

The world No4 refused to be drawn on the disappointing performances of Britain’s other stars at the first Grand Slam of 2012 after Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and James Ward all suffered first-round defeats.

Murray suggested that British tennis’ latest disappointing outing was an issue for the Lawn Tennis Association. “I’m not the person to be disappointed about that,” he continued. “There are other people in charge that should be disappointed about it, not me.

“I’d rather there were more Brits winning, obviously, but it’s not for me to be disappointed.”

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