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Amelie Mauresmo has indicated Andy Murray's behaviour on court played a big part in their split.
Murray and Mauresmo announced a 'mutual' end to their partnership earlier this month after almost two years working together.
Murray's tendency to direct frustration at his support camp during matches is a bad habit he has been unable to break, and Mauresmo told l'Equipe it left her feeling she could not help him in the way she wanted to.
The Frenchwoman said: "Andy is complex. On the court, he can be the opposite of what he is in life. It can be confusing. I was there to help. I had the feeling I could not get things done.
"I had the impression we got to the end of what could be done professionally. It was concluded that it would be difficult to continue."
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Andy Murray celebrated his birthday in style by beating Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia final in Rome.
Murray, turning 29 and the first Briton to win the Italian crown in the Open era, was in scintillating form against world number one Djokovic, who had won 12 of his 13 matches against the Scot since the 2013 Wimbledon final.
Four-time champion Djokovic was second best against Murray, who beat the Serb for the first time on clay and clinched his 12th ATP Masters 1000 title.
Andy Murray reached his second successive final after easing to a straight-sets victory against Lucas Pouille in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.
Murray was always in control and a 6-2 6-1 victory in just 59 minutes continued his impressive form on clay ahead of the French Open, following his run to the final in Madrid last week.
Murray was facing Pouille for the first time, with the Frenchman only the second lucky loser to reach the last four of an ATP Masters event, and the gulf in class showed.
The world number 52 had lost in qualifying but Jo Wilfried-Tsonga's withdrawal due to injury allowed him to take his place in the main draw, before a bye in the first round and a walkover in the quarter-finals meant he only won two matches to reach the semi-finals.
Murray took control when he battled back from 40-0 down to break serve in the fourth game and, after a short rain delay, he produced another break to close out the first set.
The players stayed on as light rain began to fall and Murray again broke serve in the fourth game of the second set before racing through the next three games, completing victory with an ace on his first match point.
British No.1 Andy Murray has split with coach Amelie Mauresmo after two years working together, the Scot has confirmed.
I’ve learned a lot from Amélie over the past two years. She’s been a calming influence in the team and we’ll miss having here around.
I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done, she’s been an invaluable member of the team.
Maursemo admitted committing to the exhaustive regime of a top tennis player has been a struggle for her.
Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him.
Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me. I wish him and the team well and I hope he goes on to win any more titles.
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Andy Murray produced his most remarkable Davis Cup effort yet to hold off an inspired Kei Nishikori and send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals for a third straight year.
Murray led by two sets to love but faced losing from that position for the first time in 11 years only to grind out a 7-5 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 victory after four hours and 54 minutes at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.
That clinched a 3-1 first-round win over Japan for Britain, with Murray winning all three points for the fourth successive tie.
Great Britain captain Leon Smith reserved the highest praise for his main man, saying: "I'm pretty much lost for words. He's just a man of steel.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Kei. He played a great match, one of the best of his life I'm sure.
"It's quite astonishing considering Andy hasn't played since the Australian Open final. He's amazing. It's an absolute privilege to sit with him for a match like that and we'll remember that one for a very long time."