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Lendl eyeing Aussie glory for Murray

  • tennisblogger
  • 26 November 2012
  • 09:11

Ivan Lendl had won the US Open and French Open three times before he finally prevailed Down Under and got his hands on the Australian Open trophy. This time around he will be hoping Andy Murray follows a similar path to success on Aussie soil. The 52-year-old Czech-born coach got his Grand Slam breakthrough at Roland Garros in 1984 but had to wait until 1989 before winning in Melbourne. In the years building up to it he would win five more majors. Murray finally ended his wait to join the men's elite when winning at Queens in New York City. It was the culmination of a stand-out year which saw him reach the final, semi-final and quarter-final of Wimbledon, the Australian Open and French Open respectively, as well as winning Olympic gold and silver. The Scot must now kick on in 2013 if he is to prove his Flushing Meadows success was no fluke and Lendl suggested he was only at the "20 per cent" mark in their efforts to make him world number one. The British number one has some way to go to dethrone Novak Djokovic but can look back on three wins out of seven meetings between the two in 2012 - including the US Open. Lendl is well-placed to know that there are no guarantees in sport at the highest level and insisted it was not a formality that Murray could become the first male British singles Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry in 1936. Twice Murray has been denied in the final in Australia - in 2010 and 2011 - but he must surely feel this is his best chance to make it third time lucky. Dont forget to head over to Betfair for all the latest ATP tour betting as well as news, odds and expert opinion, including thoughts on the Betfair BNP Paribas

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