Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray admits Ivan Lendl showing belief in him means a lot to him and lifts his confidence. Last week, former world No. 1 Murray announced a shock reunion with coach Lendl. After hiring Lendl, Murray won the 2012 London Olympics and the same year captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
During his first two tenures with Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slams, two Olympic gold medals and became the No. 1 for the first time in his career. "I know a lot of people had probably lost belief in me and what I can do, so for him to still believe that I can achieve great results helps me a lot with my confidence," Murray said.
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"My first reaction was that he still believes that he can be a champion," former world No. 2 Alex Corretja told Eurosport. "And of course he wants to go there because he feels that Ivan gets the best out of his tennis, and Ivan accepting the role is because probably talking to Andy, he still feels that he's got some desire to still achieve something important.
Otherwise I don't see Lendl taking the plane to go back to a tournament if he doesn't feel that he can help Andy to achieve important things," Corretja added. “I'm not saying to keep maybe a high level for a long time but maybe to just make the last dance for Andy and that's why probably he's motivated about it."
Murray has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he hasn't had any notable Grand Slam results in five years. Murray won't play the French Open this year as he is focused on preparing himself as best as he can for the grass season. Many believe that grass and Wimbledon are Murray's best shot at making another strong result.