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Murray admits to swotting up on Lendl on YouTube

ESPN staff
January 15, 2012
Andy Murray has been impressed by Ivan Lendl's work ethic © Getty Images

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Andy Murray has revealed he learned more about new coach Ivan Lendl after watching footage on YouTube.

Murray has appointed former world No. 1 Lendl as his new coach, and is hoping to emulate the eight-time major champion's work ethic as he bids to end his grand slam duck.

Lendl was renowned for his dedication, and that reputation prompted Murray to approach the Czech-born player to become his coach. The pair have only been working together for a week, but Murray is already impressed by what he sees.

"He is a very hard worker. I like hard work as well. I think he's liked that so far in the time we've spent together," Murray said. "The last couple of years especially my attention to detail has got much, much better.

"I was very young when he played but he's obviously had a great attitude towards trying to improve. He tried many new things and he was always in great shape. He's definitely going to help with that side of things as well."

When Murray was born in 1987, Lendl was at the peak of his powers, having held the No. 1 ranking since September 1985. The British No. 1 has taken to the internet to watch videos of his coach in action, with Murray admitting he knew little of his mentor before they started working together.

"I have watched him since I've got older and started to understand the history of tennis a little bit better," Murray said. "I've seen some of his matches, re-runs, bits and pieces on YouTube."

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