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ANDY MURRAY wants Ivan Lendl to teach him how to beat his big rivals in the biggest matches - like the former world No.1 did against John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors

But the British No.1 warned he may not see the benefits of working with his new coach until next year's Australian Open. Murray, 24, begins his latest bid to win a Grand Slam against American teenager Ryan Harrison on Tuesday.

The world No.4 has reached the final here in the last two years but has lost to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic without winning a set.

The Swiss, the Serb and Rafael Nadal have now won 30 Major titles stretching back to Wimbledon 2003 in a new golden age of men's tennis.

Lendl won his eight Grand Slams between 1984 and 1990 after losing his first four finals in an era featuring Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilan and Boris Becker.

And the Scot will pick the brains of the Czech-born American about how to beat the top players - and maybe add 80s-style spice to their friendly rivalries in the matches that matter.

Murray said: "I'm interested in talking to him about the matches he played, the rivals he had and how he found it playing against other guys.

"I want to know when he was going into a big match with one of them what he was thinking.

"It was pretty well known that him, Connors and McEnroe weren't the best of friends and now it's obviously a little bit different. A lot of the guys get on well with each other but you obviously need to put that to one side when you play against one another."

Murray said Lendl's availability throughout the year was the key to giving the 51-year-old his first coaching role.

"I'm not going to get the benefits from having Ivan this week," he said. "I'm going to see it in six months, 12 months times when all the things we work on start falling into place.

"It's obviously good to have someone with his experience around the Slams and these situations. But in terms of the actual improvements in my game, it's going to take a bit longer than a week."

Lendl says Murray must show more "control" on the court during his matches.

"It's something you have to practice like everybody else," said Lendl. "I was very pleased with the way Andy handled the final in Brisbane last week.

"He did not look at the box and shout at the box, he did not give up on any point, he played every point as hard as he could.

I think that's the way forward for him."


4/1 Nadal 4/1 Federer 6/5 Djokovic EARLY DAYS: Andy Murray, 9/2 for the Aussie Open, chats to new coach Ivan Lendl
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2012

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