Andy Murray says having Ivan Lendl back on his team will help him get over the Novak Djokovic hurdle. Murray has lost to Djokovic in the last two Grand Slam finals – including the French Open – and overall in five of seven Major finals.
Speaking to the Guardian, here’s what Murray said.
“I don’t think it’s just mental,” Murray said. “Novak is playing great tennis, simple as that. There are many different parts of tennis: the psychological aspect is one, the physical aspect, technical, tactics. There are many things that go into the matches. The last few matches I’ve played against him they’re not all negative, there have been a lot of positives there and I think I’m getting closer, which is good and I think there’s a few things … Ivan can help me with that as well.
“The goal is to try to win the major events and right now Novak holds all four,” Murray said. “So to win the major events, you are more than likely going to have to get past him. That will be a big part of [Lendl’s job], but it’s about developing your game to a place where, when you do come up against the best players, you’re ready to do it. You don’t just play a different way the whole way through the tournament and then try to change your game style in the final.”
Djokovic leads Murray 24-10 winning 13 of the last 15. He’s also beaten Murray five times in seven tries in Grand Slam finals and overall is 8-2 against the Scot in Majors.
Murray begins his quest for a fifth Queen’s title later today against Nicolas Mahut. Rain, though, has delayed play.
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