Lendl backing more Murray success

  • Last Updated: September 11 2012, 19:38 BST

Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl believes the 25-year-old's victory at the US Open can be the first of many grand slam triumphs in his career.

Lendl: Believes Murray can win more Grand Slams

Murray claimed a thrilling five-set victory against Novak Djokovic in New York.

And Lendl, who like Murray lost four grand slam finals before winning his fifth, is hopeful the Britain can take his career to a new level.

Lendl himself retired after winning eight major titles.

"I'm very happy for him. It's a great achievement for him and let's hope he can continue and rack up many more," said Lendl, who joined the Murray team last December.

"You can help somebody for a very short period of time. However, it takes more than that. You cannot help somebody in one week, you cannot do that in one month and hopefully we are not anywhere near where Andy can be."

Former British number one Roger Taylor, a four-time grand slam semi-finalist, believes Lendl's contribution cannot be overlooked.

The 70-year-old told Sky Sports News: "So much confidence has come from Andy's Olympics win and Lendl has added a great presence.

"Andy respects him and Ivan has realised Andy needs to play closer to the baseline.

"He (Lendl) has made a great difference, he is a great character and has gelled the team together."

Former British number one Greg Rusedski, who tasted defeat in the 1997 US Open final, believes Lendl has helped Murray to be mentally tougher.

"At the end of the day he found a way to get it done and found a way to control his emotions," Rusedski told Sky Sports 1.

"He can thank Ivan Lendl for that. You have to give him so much credit for what he's done, to keep believing in what he's done.

"It shows you what a champion he is and, having won this, he can go on to win many majors and maybe end the year as the world number one."

Great Britain's Davis Cup coach Leon Smith, who is also head of men's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association and was Murray's first coach of his professional career, knew from an early age the Scot had the talent to go all the way in a grand slam.

Smith told BBC Radio Five Live: "I'm so pleased for Andy, because knowing him you see how much work he's put in, not just this year but over the years.

"He's really worked so hard, physically and mentally to get his game to this level."

Roger Draper, chief executive of the LTA, believes the win caps a remarkable year for Murray, with the triumph coming off the back of victory over Roger Federer to win Olympic gold at Wimbledon.

Draper said: "We are really proud of Andy and what he has achieved. We see the hard work that he puts in day in and day out. It's a fantastic achievement for Andy.

"To win Olympic gold, to beat the greatest tennis player on Centre Court, to then win the silver with Laura Robson and then again to go out and be the first British man in 76 years to win a grand slam has been a phenomenal achievement."

It was Murray's first win in five grand slam finals, and Miles Maclagan, who was Murray's coach between 2008 and 2010, believes the setbacks had prepared Murray for the closing moments of his US Open win.

"Towards the end he was quite calm," Maclagan said. "I think he was ready for it. He had experience of four finals before so he knows what went wrong and what went right. He knew what he had to do and he was ready to do it."

Rafael Nadal also saluted Murray's achievement.

Injury kept Nadal out of the US Open but the Spaniard, an 11-time grand slam winner, watched as his long-time friend ended his wait for one of the four major titles.

Nadal wrote on Twitter: "Congrats to @andy-murray to achieve his first Grand Slam! He and Nole [Djokovic] has been played a great US Open final, both deserved to win."

Former British number one Tim Henman, who reached six grand slam semi-finals in his career, including an appearance in the last four at the 2004 US Open, was delighted to see Murray triumph.

"He thoroughly deserves it," Henman told Sky Sports News.

"He's been so close so many times. And on the back of an Olympic gold at Wimbledon, now US Open champion, it's been an unbelievable summer for him."