‘Rafa did it in Australia, he can do it too’ – Ivan Lendl backs Andy Murray to return to top spot with Wimbledon in sight –

Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal
Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray is slowly beginning to make his ascent after falling out of the top ranks of the game. The Briton has been plagued by injuries in recent years and has been a shadow of his former self. But he is steadily making a comeback from a career-threatening hip injury.

He started the 2022 season on a positive note with a second place finish in the ATP Sydney International, but since then the 34-year-old has been eliminated in the second round of all other tournaments. Murray reunited with the former coach in hopes of turning his season around Ivan Lendl. The talented player-coach duo have achieved immense success over the years, with Murray winning all three of his Grand Slam titles as well as world No. 1 under Lendl’s mentorship.

After separating from Alexander Zverev in 2019, Lendl is now back on the coaching scene. The 62-year-old is back with Murray after four and a half years. In their first tournament since reunion, Murray was eliminated in the second round 2022 Miami Open. The former world No. 1 scored a straight-set win in his opener but was unlucky to draw Daniel Medvedev in the second round, where he lost to the Russian 4-6, 2-6.

Grass is probably Andy’s best surface“: Ivan Lendl plans Wimbledon run

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

But Lendl sees it positively despite the setback. He took the example of Rafael Nadal, who made a stunning comeback to the tour after suffering a career-threatening injury last year. The Spaniard has won 3 titles this year including a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Lendl hopes Murray can experience a late career renaissance similar to Nadal.

You ask this with a straight face after what Rafa [Nadal] did in Australia. All of these guys have incredible determination. They’re like bulldogs and they want to do things because they’ve never been done before. If you focus on that, you can achieve amazing things.” said Lendl, as quoted by essentialsports.

Lendl said Murray could likely thrive during the turf season. The Briton had already announced that he would not play the clay court swing to prevent further injuries. Murray has thoroughly enjoyed the success at Wimbledonafter winning the title twice and winning an Olympic medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the same Center Court.

“If you focus on that, you can achieve amazing things. Rafa said he’s not even sure if he can play again then he goes and win the Australian Open so yes these guys can do it. I’d say grass is probably Andy’s best surface. For many players, it’s their worst surface. That would of course increase his chances.” he added.

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Subhankar Mondal

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