Murray re-hiring Lendl was no surprise, says wary Djokovic

Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:51pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic's brow may have furrowed slightly when he heard Andy Murray had teamed up again with former coach Ivan Lendl but he certainly was not surprised.

Djokovic has dominated Murray since losing to him in the 2013 Wimbledon final, but with Lendl back in the mix the threat level posed by the Briton may have been raised a notch or two.

"I don't think it's a surprising decision from Andy," Djokovic, who is halfway to a calendar grand slam after beating Murray in the Australian and French Open finals, said at the Boodles exhibition at Stoke Park near London on Wednesday.

"When Ivan was his coach before, Andy won a couple of grand slams and an Olympic gold medal, some of the best results of his career so I think it was a logical move for him to take.

"They're a good team so it's going to be interesting."

With eight-times grand slam champion Lendl at his side Murray beat Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympics, then repeated the trick a few weeks later to claim his first grand slam title at the U.S. Open.

When Murray again beat Djokovic to end Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon winner a year later it seemed the Scot had the measure of the Serbian warrior.

Murray and Lendl split in March 2014 though, since when Djokovic has won 13 of their 15 meetings, most recently in the French Open final when Murray, who split with Amelie Mauresmo this year, subsided after a good start.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Aegon Championships - Queens Club, London - 16/6/16
Great Britain's Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl
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