Murray happy for Ivan to Lendl a hand

Andy Murray believes Ivan Lendl has provided some leadership to his much criticised back-up team.

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The Scot appointed the 51-year-old as his new coach at the turn of the year to add some experience to his corner which has come under scrutiny following Murray's three grand slam final defeats in which he has failed to win a set.

Lendl has eight majors to his name and is expected to become a figurehead and offer the nous previously lacking, starting at the Australian Open which got under way today.

Having to incorporate a new man into a well-established team could cause problems but Murray insists fitness coach Jez Green, physio Andy Ireland and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu have welcomed the addition.

He said: "When you have a more specified coach that's going to be there all the time, it's just an extra bit of leadership there. I think it's good for all the guys I work with as well.

"A lot of the stuff goes through him. I think we see a lot of things pretty similar.

"He doesn't need to be always coming to me and saying, 'do you want this, do you need this?'

"So he's probably given the team a bit of extra leadership, and it's been good for them to have him around as well."

Murray has been searching for a full-time coach since splitting with Miles Maclagan in July 2010 and was happy to take his time to find the right man.

He added: "I was thinking about it during last year, but was having good results. And I didn't necessarily want to start something new in the middle of a season or right before a slam.

"I was also doing some work with the adidas team, with Darren Cahill, which was working well and I didn't necessarily want to change it.

"I spoke to Darren a little bit at the end of last year and said, 'what's it looking like for next year? What are your plans?'

"He offered me the same things he did last year but he wasn't around enough at the grand slams, and that was something I wanted. So I chatted with him, had a few names, spoke to a few people. And Ivan was one of them. After speaking with him, meeting him a couple of times and spending a day on the court with him it was pretty obvious that was the guy I wanted to work with, and that was it."

Murray is hoping to benefit from Lendl's legendary work ethic as he strives to land his first grand slam title in Melbourne.

Lendl was renowned as one of the most diligent players on tour in the 1980s, an approach which saw him top the rankings for 270 weeks.

Murray said: "He is a very hard worker. I like hard work as well. I think he's liked that so far in the time we've spent together.

"The last couple of years especially my attention to detail has got much, much better.

"I was very young when he played but he's obviously had a great attitude towards trying to improve.

"He tried many new things and he was always in great shape. He's definitely going to help with that side of things as well."

Murray opens his Australian Open campaign against American Ryan Harrison on Tuesday.



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