John McEnroe believes Ivan Lendl is the right man to lead Andy Murray to a maiden Grand Slam title -- although the World No 4 will have to do it the hard way if he is to break his Australian Open duck.
Andy Murray returns to David Nalbandian during an exhibition match in
Melbourne yesterday. pics/afp
Murray was yesterday handed a tricky draw for the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne -- Round One against USA's Ryan Harrison potentially followed by clashes with France's Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16 and quarters respectively before a possible semi against World No 1 Novak Djokovic. It's a tough ask for the Scot, but McEnroe believes appointing Lendl as coach could help Murray improve on his three Grand Slam final appearances.
McEnroe, an arch enemy of Lendl when they competed in the 1980s, said: "I hate to give credit but I think it's due and I think the introduction of Ivan Lendl as coach could work out. It pains me to say that!
Ivan Lendl watches Andy Murray play David Nalbandian in Melbourne
"Andy's made a very interesting decision, possibly a good one. I remember Ivan all too well at the French Open (1984) when he won his first major. He was 24, Andy is 24, Ivan lost his first four (Grand Slam finals), Murray has lost his first three. Ivan will bring a lot to the table. I think he will help Murray manufacture more intensity on the court and use that energy more positively to win a major."