Murray: How new coach Lendl gets me over the bad times
22:15 GMT, 24 March 2012
22:26 GMT, 24 March 2012
Andy Murray has credited his new coach Ivan Lendl with helping him get over defeat quicker and forget his bad matches.
The 24-year-old has suffered long slumps in the early part of the past two years after defeats in the Australian Open.
Future's bright: Lendl (right) watches Murray in action at the Sony Ericsson Open
In his last event, in Indian Wells, Murray lost his opener and he admitted such a defeat might have proved difficult to shrug off in the past.
'Now I'm able to deal with a bad loss a lot better,' said Murray, who plays in-form world No 26 Milos Raonic on Sunday in Miami.
'Having Ivan around helps; he's been through many of those experiences.'
A year or two ago there would be a problem or I'd play a bad match and, rather than getting the issue sorted out, it would drag on for a little while and affect my practice.
'As you get more mature you have to deal with it and Ivan knows the right advice to give.
'I obviously ask him questions about what he would have done and how he would deal with certain situations.
Mind games: Murray is better for Lendl's input
'He's asked for advice from other coaches because he's never coached before, and that was something very refreshing: for such a great player to ask for help.'
Murray also revealed the lengths Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam winner, went to in order to gain an edge on his opponents.
'He used to practise with John McEnroe's and Jimmy Connors' racquets to see how they felt and see what things they could and couldn't do and maybe change some tactics because of that,' said Murray.
'He had a lot of quirks and he was great because of that.'