Becker-Lendl rivalry won't reignite: Andy Murray

Published: 26 December, 2013 09:03 IST | AFP |

Andy Murray believes the intense rivalry between his coach Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker, the newly-appointed coach of NovakDjokovic, which was a feature of the 1980s, won't be rekindled in 2014

Lendl took Murray to a breakthrough major at the 2012 US Open as well as this year’s historic Wimbledon triumph while Djokovic has turned to Becker to help add to his six Grand Slam titles.

In their playing careers, Becker defeated Lendl in the 1986 Wimbledon final, the 1989 US Open championship match as well as the 1991 Australian Open final.

Ivan Lendl

The German claimed six career majors. Lendl won eight and it was the Czech who enjoyed a 12-10 advantage in their head-to-head.

“I personally don’t think there will be renewal of a rivalry,” Murray told the Gulf News.

Boris Becker. Pics/Getty Images

“I mean, no matter if you are coaching the players, you can’t influence much. Once you step on court, the coaches can do very little to the outcome of a match. It is the preparation where the coaches can make a really good difference. We’ll see how it goes from here.”

Murray and Djokovic have joined World No 1 Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka in the six-man field for the Mubadala World Tennis Championships which runs from today to Saturday.

Murray believes today’s players have a lot to learn from the legends of the past -- even Roger Federer has been practising with six-time major winner Stefan Edberg over the winter.

“Obviously, everyone wants to keep working on every game. It is good to see great players like Novak get some help from Becker who has been there and done it before,” said Murray. 

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