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Murray hails Lendl influence

Posted 10-25-2012 at 01:57 PM by Philip Oliver
World number three Andy Murray says eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl has played a huge role in some of the impressive live scores he’s posted on his rise to glory.

Murray will reflect on 2012 as his breakthrough year. The Scot claimed gold in the men's singles event at the Olympics on home soil before breaking his Grand Slam duck at the US Open. He also reached his maiden Wimbledon final.

The 25-year-old's watershed year comes in Lendl's first term as coach. The Czech began working with Murray at the start of 2012. He got involved when respected Australian coach Darren Cahill called him in December and said he was helping the British number one in his search for a new coach. The pair have not looked back since.

Murray acknowledged Lendl's influence and revealed he has helped develop the mental side of his game.

"We speak about pretty much everything to do with my tennis career. I always said it was only a few per cent I needed to improve and change, and he's definitely helped a lot with that," said Murray, who has also started using Lendl's former sports psychologist, Alexis Castorri.

"He gave me a bit of extra confidence. He gave me a bit of extra belief. We worked hard on a lot of things and I trusted what he said. He brought obviously a lot of experience to the big events and also helped with the preparation of those events."

Murray was in danger of becoming a nearly man of the sport before Lendl joined his team, regularly reaching the latter stages of majors before bowing out. He says Lendl helped him get over the line this year.

"I had got close before. But just getting over that final hurdle, I probably needed someone like him to help with that," added Murray, who is fast becoming a huge favourite of Tennis’s online betting community.
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