Andy Murray and the new collaboration with Ivan Lendl



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Andy Murray and the new collaboration with Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray, in a recent interview with TennisTV, talked about his expectations for a new (third) adventure with Ivan Lendl, the coach with whom he won three slams and two Olympic golds. The British player will return to training with the 8-time slam champion in the coming weeks with the aim of being competitive for the home slam at Wimbledon, which Murray has won twice in his career (2013 and 2016).

Murray capitulated to Bublik in the second round of the Indian Wells master 1000, wasting three set points in the first set and visibly dropping in the second set, surrendering to the Kazakh with a score of 7-6 (9) 6-3. The former world number one reflected on the fact that, having by now quite advanced in age and having lived through difficult years on a physical level, the need for stimulation and to obtain the latest prestigious results led him to rely on Lendl.

"Obviously, as you begin to approach the end of your career you are looking at certain milestones and things you could potentially achieve. Obviously the last few years have been difficult for me. I have had some good results over the past couple of years but their consistency has been poor.

I think the reason is that the level of tennis I have played hasn't been that high. I really trust what Ivan says. Obviously we have had excellent results together in the past," said Murray. Murray plans to spend a few weeks in Orlando, working with Lendl, before moving to Europe, then returning to training in Florida to better prepare for the Wimbledon tournament.

The British tennis player has revealed that he is not sure how long this third collaboration will last. "But, of course, in the short term, we'll be spending a lot of time together. It means a lot to me that he is still willing to help me and he believes that I can achieve great results.

And I trust him in that too. I still feel it's possible, but I think if he hadn't believed it I don't think he would still have worked with me and told me. So, yes, I'm looking forward to it and I hope there are better results in the future."

Rafael Nadal: "I have to keep improving"

Rafael Nadal qualified for the fourth round of the Indian Wells Master 1000. The 35-year-old Spaniard, after a painful comeback victory in the second round against Sebastian Korda, in which he recovered in the decisive set the disadvantage of 2-5, has imposed himself more easily against the 27-seeded Daniel Evans with a score of 7-5 6-3, obtaining the 17th victory of the season in as many games and reaching 400 career matches in the Masters 1000.

The Spaniard, down 2-4 in the first set, was able to get 8 of the following 9 games, closing the first set with a score of 7-5 and defending in the second the break obtained in the second game. In the round of 16 Nadal will face host Reilly Opelka, who eliminated 13th seed Denis Shapovalov in three sets (6-7 6-4 6-4).

At the end of the game Nadal analyzed his success and talked about his current level. The champion from Manacor, to the microphones of the journalists, said he was satisfied with the result obtained, despite a false start.

"Evans is a player who, tactically, plays very well. He uses his slice very well and then he is aggressive, changing the pace a lot in the points. I think it's a very positive win and I'm happy to have saved that difficult moment in the first set.

I think my serve today was better than the previous match. My feeling is like that, at least. I was able to get more wins with my forehand, something that wasn't working for me the other day. I know the start wasn't perfect, but I started feeling the ball better and was able to change direction more often.

I need to keep improving, of course, but it was a small improvement today. This is important because the next round will be very difficult," said Nadal, busy against the big serve Opelka in the next round. The 21-time slam champion also talked about his renunciation of the next 1000 masters scheduled in Miami next week: "I haven't played this tournament for a few years.

I am almost 36 years old and have played a lot more than expected this season. For my body, surface transitions aren't easy. If I played in Miami, I wouldn't have time to rest and prepare for clay. It would be a dangerous thing for my foot and my knees.

I need to make the transition step by step and not make a drastic change like I have in the past, so I decided to stop a little after this tournament, to have a little over three weeks to prepare for the clay tour."

The Spanish champion was cryptic on the finish line of 400 wins in the Masters 1000. "I didn't know that at all, but they are good numbers, of course," said Nadal.