Patrick Mouratoglou ‘very surprised’ but ‘understands’ Murray Lendl reunion
Patrick Mouratoglou found it unusual that Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl decided to start up a third spell together, but with further thought he sees the reasoning.
After Murray announced the link-up earlier this month, the two have physically met in Miami ahead of the second Masters 1000 event of the year.
Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach since 2012, believes Murray’s clear motivation played a huge role in bringing back the eight-time Slam champion.
“I was very surprised that Andy [Murray] and Ivan [Lendl] started to work together again simply because they broke up two times already,” Mouratoglou explained to Sky Sports.
“It’s more difficult for Andy to win a Grand Slam now because of his surgery, but Ivan is probably excited to see his motivation.
“What Andy is doing is super-inspiring but he’s always been inspiring.
“Winning three Grand Slams at a time when those three guys are playing – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – it’s incredible!
“Being able to reach number one in the world with those three guys playing is also incredible.
“He’s shown in the past how dedicated he is to this game and how much of a crazy hard fighter he is.”
Murray won all three of his Slams under the guidance of Lendl, as well as reaching world number one with the Czech by his side.
That is also clearly a big factor in the decision to reunite, another point Mouratoglou acknowledged.
“I think it’s great because they’ve made wonders in the past together and I think it’s a nice message because it’s probably the last part of Andy’s career.
“For them to end their career together, I think it’s very nice.”
Mouratoglou added that while he sees another Slam as beyond Murray’s means right now, he could see a quarter or semi-final in the Brit’s future.
“And if he does, then everything is possible,” he concluded.
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