Flash Points: Matches That Changed The Course Of Tennis History

Ivan talks up Andy

Ivan Lendl is quietly confident about Andy Murray's chances of adding to his one Grand Slam title in 2013. The Scot ended his long wait for a major success at the US Open in September, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to become the first British male to win a Grand Slam in 76 years. The Flushing Meadows triumph came on the back of a successful campaign on grass, with Murray impressing at Wimbledon on his way to the championship final and Olympic gold. Murray also reached the Australian Open last four at the beginning of 2012, and is a two-time finalist at the event. He is one of the favourites to kick-off next year with a Grand Slam win, but his coach is keen to keep the British number one grounded. "The goal is to win in Melbourne. But tennis is difficult with Djokovic, (Roger) Federer, (Rafa) Nadal and Andy all very good at the moment. Yes, he has a chance but I can't make any predictions," Lendl was quoted as saying by several sport updates. Murray enjoyed an excellent first season under the tutelage of Lendl and will improve even more in 2013, according to the Czech-born coach. "I now have more of an understanding about what makes him tick and we can build successfully on that. There is a lot to look forward to next year," added Lendl. One area Murray could improve on is his clay-court game where he is always an outsider to the likes of Nadal in the odds betting. However, Lendl believes he has all the attributes to enjoy success on the surface. "No-one has won the French Open without having enjoyed a good clay-court season. But if he works on aspects of his game I want him to improve, then he can do it," he said.
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Lendl eyeing Aussie glory for Murray

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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Flash Points: Matches That Changed The Course Of Tennis History

  • dgec
  • 15 July 2008
  • 09:07

Earlier this month Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final that was a match for the ages.  It had everything: a high quality of play, great drama in which Federer rallied from two sets down to finally lead and a battle to finish the match before impending darkness.  It had history riding on it since Federer was bidding to break the record he shared with Bjorn Borg of five str

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