Sunday, January 1, 2012

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl: A match made in brain-picking heaven

"So Ivan, how did it feel to win that first Slam after every one was calling you a choker?"

"Well Andy, it felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off my shoulders. After that, no one could say anything about me. I was already dominating, but hadn't won a Major. Once I did, it was a wrap."

"Wow Ivan, I hope that's me one day."

"It will be Andy. And if you have any questions, just let me know. That's what I'm here for."

"Gee, thanks Ivan!"

And that, my friends, is how discussions will be going between Murray and Lendl—or at least how they should be!

This coaching-pupil relationship could be just the thing that Murray needs to get over the hump. I don't know what Lendl can really do for him stroke- or strategy-wise, but as far as giving him some perspective, Lendl has that to offer and then some. We'll see how it works out.

(Photos: Lendl, AP; Murray: Getty Images)