Lendl wants Murray for long haul

LONDON — Ivan Lendl says he sees himself coaching US Open champion Andy Murray for the rest of the Scot’s career.

Report by BBCSport

Murray appointed eight-time Grand Slam winner Lendl as his coach in December, and has since won Olympic gold, the US Open and reached the Wimbledon final.

“As long as it works for both of us, I can see myself being with him for the rest of his career,” Lendl said.

The 52-year-old also revealed he intends to improve Murray’s tennis.”I have a lot of plans where I would like to see Andy end up with his game,” said Lendl, who helped the 25-year-old become Britain’s first male Grand Slam singles champion in 76 years with victory in the US Open in September. But despite Murray’s success, the 52-year-old Czech-born coach says the player is only at 20% of where he wants him to be, though he refuses to set a particular target in terms of Grand Slam victories.

“I think (he can achieve) a lot more. I’m not going to say number of Grand Slams, I’m just going to say where Andy is now,” he said.

“I take ‘point A’ — when we started working — now he’s at ‘point B’, and when I envisage I would say he’s about 20% there.”

Murray has enjoyed his best year of tennis under Lendl — winning the US Open, an Olympic gold medal, an Olympic silver medal and reaching the final, semi-final and quarter-final of Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open , respectively.

His Olympic gold medal came with a victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon, just a month after losing the Wimbledon final at the same venue to the same opponent. —

 

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