‘Murray can ruin Djokovic’s plans’

The coach of Andy Murray, former world number one Ivan Lendl, believes the Scot has what it takes to ruin Novak Djokovic's dreams of winning the Golden Slam in 2016.

Murray and Lendl had a highly-successful partnership for two-years, a period in which the world number two won the 2012 Olympic gold medal, the US Open later that year and the 2013 Wimbledon title.

However, since the two parted ways in March 2014, Murray has had to settle for being next best throughout, reaching a host of finals but seldom getting the better of world number one Djokovic.

After Murray parted ways with Amelie Mauresmo in the lead-up to Roland Garros 2016, his partnership with Lendl has been rekindled, and together they are plotting on how to stop Djokovic, who is currently the first male to hold all four grand slam titles in a row since Rod Laver in 1969.

The Serb won the titles in Paris and Melbourne this year, having won the US Open and Wimbledon titles in 2015.

In fact, should Djokovic add the Olympic gold to his tally, he could become the first man – and only the second player after Staff Graf in 1988 to win the calendar year Grand Slam and the Olympic gold, the so-called Golden Slam.

"To me there is a career grand slam, then all four in a row, next the calendar year grand slam and on the top the golden slam (including the Olympic gold medal). Djokovic has a chance to do that this year," Lendl told British media.

"Obviously, Andy and I would like to ruin those plans if we can.

"We know Andy has it in him. So now the question is 'can he do it again?' I think that's an easier question to answer than 'can you do it at all?'"