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Evert exclusive: Lendl keeps Murray mentally balanced

   
Exclusive: Chris Evert has told The Tennis Space that Ivan Lendl’s “personality has been key to Andy Murray’s success – Lendl has kept Andy mentally balanced”. Evert, who won 18 majors, said that Lendl’s appointment meant Murray won his first slam sooner than he otherwise would have done: “I think Andy would eventually have won a grand slam, but there’s no question in mind that Lendl sped things up.”
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Evert on her excitement after Murray’s victory: “This is a monumental moment for tennis, but especially for British tennis. For years people have been talking about Fred Perry. It’s so exciting.”
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Evert on the the importance of Ivan Lendl and how the coach kept Murray “mentally-balanced”: “I think Andy would eventually have won a grand slam, but there’s no question in mind that Lendl sped things up. When it was announced that Murray and Lendl were working together, I immediately thought, ‘oh yes, this looks interesting’. Ivan’s so poker-faced, so stoic and he never claps. Lendl’s intense but in a low-key way. His personality has been so key to Murray’s success. Andy used to get down on himself, and that was having an impact on his tennis. Lendl has stopped that. Lendl keeps Andy mentally balanced. If Andy hits a good shot and looks over at Lendl at the side of the court, Lendl looks back in a way that says, ‘okay, but keep going’. If Andy is down, Lendl is saying to him, ‘you can get out of this’. Lendl is probably saying, ‘just chill’, and not to get heated or emotional on court.”
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Evert on the changes in Murray’s mental approach: “The biggest difference now in Murray is his temperament. We’ve always known that he’s got the game, and now Murray believes in himself, and he’s also patient. He doesn’t get too frustrated when things aren’t working out for him, as he thinks he can pull it back, as he did against Djokovic.”
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Evert on where Murray goes from here: “Murray’s not going to dominate, that won’t happen. But look back at Murray’s season. He was two sets to one up against Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and he led Federer by a set and a break in the Wimbledon final. Murray put himself in the position this year to win three slams and the Olympics.”
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Evert on how she would not have worried for Murray if he had lost his fifth successive slam final: “If Murray had lost this match from two sets up, he would have then have lost his first five grand slam finals, but that wouldn’t have worried me. It wouldn’t have worried me because he’s with Lendl. Look at the progress Murray and Lendl have made this year. If Murray hadn’t won this match, he would have made his breakthrough next year.”
   
  • oldbat

    I have a theory that Andy needed a strong man in his life. Judy took him so far and his other coaches simply did not connect with him on an emotional level.I watched Lendl grow from a skinny kid to a challenger who was beaten but refused to back down. He is the one person who could relate to what Andy was going through as he sat slumped in a chair watching his oppnents lift their trophies.