Murray: No Lendl vs. Becker coaching rivalry

by: Matt Cronin December 24, 2013

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Andy Murray, who is coached by Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, said that he does not expect the Czech to have a coaching rivalry with Boris Becker, who was one of Lendl’s playing rivals and now coaches Novak Djokovic.

Lendl won eight Grand Slam titles, his last coming in 1990 at the Australian Open. He had an 11-10 record against Becker, but lost to him in five of six Grand Slams matches, including in the finals at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.  The 46-year-old Becker is seven years younger than Lendl.

“I personally don't think there will be renewal of a rivalry. I mean, no matter if you are coaching the players, you can't influence much," Murray told the Gulf News. “Once you step on court, the coaches can do very little to the outcome of a match. It is the preparation where the coaches can make a really good difference. We will have to see how it goes from here."

Wimbledon champion Murray said world No. 2 Djokovic is trying to take the next  step in his development by hiring Becker.

“Obviously, everyone wants to keep working on every [part of their] game. It is good to see great players like Novak get some help from Becker who has been there and done it before," Murray said. “I don't know if it is a trend starting here or not. For that, we will have to wait and see for few years."

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