Lendl giving nothing away as Murray targets Melbourne

Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:58am EST
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ivan Lendl threw up his own Iron Curtain on Wednesday when reporters probed about the state of Andy Murray's mind and his game as Britain's newly minted Grand Slam champion switches his focus to the Australian Open.

"I never get into the details of his game with anyone because it not necessary for anyone other than Andy to know," the Czech-born Lendl said in familiar taciturn style.

The former world number one - now a U.S. citizen - steered Murray to the U.S. Open crown in September, ending Britain's wait for a men's grand slam singles champion which had stretched back to 1936.

Like Murray, Lendl lost the first four grand slam finals he contested but then went on to win eight, failing only at Wimbledon.

Now Britain's barren spell is broken, many expect Murray to emulate his coach and win several more, but Lendl cautioned it would be far from easy.

"Well obviously that is the goal," he said when asked if Murray could win in Melbourne. "But tennis is very difficult at the moment with (Novak) Djokovic, (Roger) Federer, (Rafa) Nadal and Andy all very good at the moment so it is going to be difficult to succeed.

"Yes he does have a chance but I can't make any predictions."

A question on whether Murray could now dominate the sport was rifled straight back like a Lendl service return of old.

"I am not going to go there," he said.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain (L) speaks with his coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session ahead of the ATP tennis finals at the O2 Arena in London November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville