After flying solo for a few months Andy Murray has announced that he has hired eight time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as his new full time coach saying, “Very happy to announce that Ivan Lendl is my new full time coach. His impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments.”
Much like Murray Ivan struggled to get across the line and win his first major. The Czech (now US) player was runner up four times before he finally got across the line at the French Open in 1984. Read more
Novak Djokovic has a very real opportunity to become world number one in Rome. Nadal may have already declared the race over, that the number one ranking is no longer his, but there are still a few wins required before it becomes official.
At the moment Rafael has 12, 470 points to Djokovic’s 10, 665 points but because Nole didn’t perform particularly well during last years clay court season he only stands to gain on Nadal if he does well. On the other hand, to have any hope of staying in the top spot Nadal must defend every title – Rome and Roland Garros – that remain on the dirt. Read more
According to the ATP Novak Djokovic is now part of a very exclusive group. Novak has now equaled Ivan Lendl’s best ever season start in 1986 when he won 29 consecutive matches. Only two other men have had a more successful start to a season.
In 1980 Bjorn Borg won 33 consecutive matches and John McEnroe leads the way with a 42 match unbeaten streak. Djokovic and Ivan are now tied for the best season starts in the last 25 years. Read more
Novak Djokovic has not been beaten in 3 months. Every single match he has played this season so far. It may be the best season start I have ever seen but Djokovic still has some work to do if he wants to equal John McEnroe’s 1984 39 match winning streak or Ivan Lendl’s 25 match winning streak. Despite the road ahead Djokovic has gained revenge for his 2008 Miami defeat at the hands of Kevin Anderson by beating the South African 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic has now won 24 consecutive matches and faces Mardy Fish for a place in the finals where he could likely face Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Andy Murray has made the genius decision to part ways with “coaching consultant” Alex Corretja just a few months after firing Miles Maclagan. If you look at Murray’s brilliant results of late (clearly I’m being sarcastic) you can see that being totally coachless and only under the guidance of his mother is a great idea Read more