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Andy Murray believes he needs Lendl's tough approach

Andy Murray believes he needs Landl's tougher approach Credit: PA

Andy Murray believes Ivan Lendl's tough-love approach is just what he needs to finally oust Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon this summer.

Murray announced on Sunday he would be rekindling his relationship with Lendl, with whom he enjoyed an enormously successful spell between 2012 and 2014.

Lendl will start coaching the Scot again from Tuesday, when Murray plays Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the opening round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

During their first period working together, Murray won Olympic gold, the US Open and then Wimbledon in 2013, but the partnership ended as Lendl felt unable to commit the amount of time his pupil required.

Murray has not won another major title since and, after splitting with Amelie Mauresmo last month, the world number two expressed his delight at sealing the reunion.

I have always loved working with Ivan and I would have liked to have continued working with him in the past and it's something I've thought about and talked about even over the last few years as well.

It's not like I haven't wanted to but a lot goes into coaching and Ivan's willing to do it now. When he agrees to do something, I think he goes in 100 per cent. He's not just going to do it a little bit.

He's had, obviously, a lot of offers over the last few years so even just him agreeing to do it gives me a little boost as well.

He's a leader, a strong voice, loads of experience but also we have had a lot of similar experiences. He has strong opinions as well. One of the things that I really like about working with him was that even if I've had a tough loss, I remember when I lost in the semi-finals of the Aussie Open to Novak, it was 7-5 in the fifth, it was the first time we had worked together.

I was tired and the next day he wanted to meet and talk about that match. He was not going, 'great job you did really well,' it was, 'OK so what is it we can do to win that match next time? How can we improve on that? I know it's not the time you want to be speaking about that but I wouldn't be doing my job otherwise.'

– Andy Murray
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