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Andy Murray is back with coach Ivan Lendl.

Andy Murray 'in a good place' ahead of Wimbledon following Ivan Lendl's return

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Andy Murray admits he had other coaching offers but says Ivan Lendl was the only one he wanted as the Scot bids to clinch another Wimbledon title this summer.

Lendl will begin his second stint coaching Murray on Tuesday, when the Scot starts grass-court preparations against Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

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Mahut is unlikely to pose many problems - Murray has won four out of his last five meetings against the world number 51 - but it will launch what the 29-year-old hopes could be a fruitful few months.

Gunning for a record fifth title at Queen's, Murray will then head to Wimbledon as Novak Djokovic's greatest threat in a fortnight, before the Olympics, where he could win double gold in the singles and doubles, and the US Open in August.

Djokovic remains the immovable obstacle for Murray at grand slams, but he enjoyed arguably his best ever season on clay, beating the Serb to win in Rome and then dispatching Stan Wawrinka to make his first French Open final.

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Several former players had been linked to the vacant coaching role with Murray but, after Amelie Mauresmo's departure last month, he says there was only one name that sprung to mind.

"Ivan was the one guy that I'd spoken to Matt (Gentry, his agent) about a few weeks ago," Murray said.

"There were a number of people who had come forward that wanted to at least discuss it and talk about it

"The last few weeks have been so busy, I hadn't really thought loads about it.

"I think with the base that I have after the last few months and the confidence I've gained from the way that I played on the clay, I'm very happy with my team. Now adding Ivan, I'm in a good place going into Wimbledon."

In the final weeks of his partnership with Mauresmo, some disappointing results for Murray appeared to coincide with an increasingly irritable demeanour on court.

Mauresmo later referred to his "complex" psychological state but Murray downplayed the issue and offers no guarantees it will improve under Lendl.

"I think everyone reads into that what they will," Murray said.

"It certainly was not perfect when I was working before with Ivan, maybe I was better. There have been times over the last few weeks where I have been good and sometimes not so good.

"You read into it a lot and ask me about it a lot - I don't know how much different it was then to what it is just now."

Murray has repeatedly praised Lendl's leadership skills in the past and it might be the Czech can impose greater focus over the next few months.

Pat Cash, a former Wimbledon champion and a colourful character himself on court, believes the Briton has made an astute choice.

"Ivan is not tactful, he's a bit like me - he's very blunt and straight to the point," Cash said on Eurosport, a live broadcaster at Queen's.

"He'll say 'this is your problem Andy and I can help you fix it' and sometimes you need to hear that.

"I've talked to Ivan a little bit about what happened in the past and I think he indicated that there was a little bit of a communication problem.

"Ivan is strong-headed and I think they saw things slightly differently and that's fine.

"Maybe Andy's said 'okay I realise that Ivan was right', or maybe the other way round. That's also very mature to look at things like that."

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Topics:
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Tennis
Roger Federer
Wimbledon
Andy Murray

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