Ivan Lendl: Andy Murray and I would like to ruin Novak Djokovic’s plans

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Ivan Lendl: Andy Murray and I would like to ruin Novak Djokovic’s plans

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Arun S Kaimal

06/16/2016

After reuniting with Andy Murray, coach Ivan Lendl believes that the Scot has what it takes to end Novak Djokovic’s ‘golden slam’ dream. The World No.1 has won the Australian Open and the French Open this year and victories at the Wimbledon and the US Open will give him a calendar-year grand slam.

Murray and Ivan Lendl went their own ways back in 2014 after the United States-based 56-year-old refused to spend more time with the Scot in the gruelling ATP tour. The 29-year-old then chose to appoint Amelie Mauresmo as the coach, but the two announced a mutual end to their partnership back in May after two years of coaching. Murray then reached out to the former Czech legend to see if a reunion was possible, before officially announcing it last Sunday.

Murray has not won a grand slam since parting ways with Lendl back in March 2014, but the czech coach believes that the Scot has what it takes to upset Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon later this month.

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

“In tennis there is the career grand slam, there is four in a row, there is the calendar year grand slam and the golden slam. He [Djokovic] has a chance to do that this year,” he told the Guardian.

“Obviously, Andy and I would like to ruin those plans if we can. But, if you go back in history, in ’38, when Don Budge won, and Rod Laver won in ’62 and ’69, those were calendar year grand slams. But I don’t believe there was another time when someone held all four [simultaneously].

“I think it’s very different the position this time. Until you win one, you never know you have it in you. We know he has it in him now, so the question is: can he do it again? I think that’s an easier question to answer than ‘Can you do it at all?’ So it’s quite a bit different now,” Lendl was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

When asked about whether he has noticed any differences in Murray, Lendl said, “Not really. He had a tough match [beating Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Queen’s on Tuesday], which is what we expected. Mahut is a good grasscourt player and I thought it was a high-quality match. We focused on that and we will have a good practice later and chat a bit, things like that. We will figure things out.”

Correction : The original article erroneously had Lendl's nationality as a Serb. It has been corrected at 11:30 PM 16/06/2016

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