British No1 Andy Murray hails Ivan Lendl’s instant impact
Andy Murray believes new coach Ivan Lendl has already improved his game and the Scot is looking forward to a promising 2012
Andy Murray believes new coach Ivan Lendl has already improved his game.
The 24-year-old appointed eight-time Grand Slam champion Lendl as his full-time coach in December.
And the British No1 reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open before losing in five-sets to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
But Murray insists that Lendl has already made a positive impact, despite that disappointing defeat in Melbourne.
“I spent five days with him before the Australian Open and I feel like I improved just in those days,” Murray told the BBC.
“I’ll go and spend a lot more time with him and work harder, and that’s really all that you can do.”
Murray has failed to win a set in his three Grand Slam final appearances – he was twice defeated by Roger Federer and lost to Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2011.
And the Scot admitted his Serbian counterpart is a source of inspiration after the world No1 dominated the sport last season, winning three Grand Slam titles.
“The turnaround was incredible and he was struggling at the end of the year before,” he said.
“That’s the thing. It is small margins of one break or one match and it doesn’t have to be in a Slam – it could be any time.
“Sometimes things can just click and you can make big improvements, and I feel like I made a big improvement in Australia.”
Murray is confident he can replicate Djokovic’s stunning form and finally claim an elusive Major this year.
“Everything that’s happened in the past, you would say Federer and Nadal are the greatest players ever and Djokovic, the last year, had probably the greatest year ever,” he added.
“This year’s a new year; it’s irrelevant what’s happened in the past.
“I’m not saying I’m going to win 16 Grand Slams, but if I can get a few then you can be remembered in the same breath as those guys – you had those great matches; you won Slams in the same time as them.”