Thursday, 2 June 2011

Can Murray emulate Lendl and finally work out how to win a grand slam?

You know I find it interesting when you read that there are so many comparisons between Djokovic's incredible unbeaten run and John McEnroe’s. Yet there is another little issue that was addressed on that Sunday in 1984, Ivan Lendl won his first grand slam beating McEnroe in the final, coming back from two sets down.

Lendl at the time was the bridesmaid of men’s tennis, making many grand slam finals and losing; he was entering his fifth final without winning one at the time. He was also older than Murray, yet after winning the French he went on to win seven more Grand Slams; one more than John McEnroe.

As a Brit, I hope Andy Murray can somehow emulate the great Czech player. He has the skills and the weapons to win, he definitely has the determination, he just needs a little bit of luck and a massive wave of positivity and we may see him challenging Djokovic.

If I was Andy Murray I would seek out Ivan Lendl and just talk to the tennis great, about how he handled losing so many finals, and what happened in his psyche to allow him to overcome the obvious demons that had held him back before the first win.

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