Ivan Lendl, not normally associated with emotions was all teary eyed when he joined his Scottish protégé at center court, as the enormity of Murray’s achievement began to dawn.
The pairing seems to be made for each other. Although Lendl is usually steely eyed, Murray was his usual self…his very under-his-breath humor was on display. Take the BBC video for instance which featured the top five players being asked how they ate their strawberries. Four replied “with cream”, and Murray answered “with my fingers”.
Lendl revealed that one of the things that brought this pairing extremely close was their love of sick jokes. Read into that what you may.
So far, the pairing has produced an impressive track record. Murray, out of the 5 major finals he’s played in, he’s won three of them with Lendl in his corner. Six major finals without Lendl’s presence had surmounted to six failures!
The reunion seems to be unstoppable. Since Murray’s devastating loss to Djokovic in the French Open, the reunion boasts a 100% winning streak (12/12).
Murray wasn’t shy about expressing his appreciation of the partnership after the final, whilst not forgetting to dedicate the win to his baby daughter, Sophia. Murray reflected, “Ivan is a leader and I trust in what he says…I don’t always like hearing it, but I have to hear it”.
Murray’s Road to the Final
First Round: Beats Liam Broady
Demolishes fellow Brit 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Second Round: Beats Lu Yen-hsun
Produces one hell of a master-class performance, comprehensively outclassing his opponent 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Third Round: Beats John Millman
Grinds it out against tough Australian John Millman in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
Fourth Round: Beats Nick Kyrgios
Although much was made of Kyrgios’s “disappointing” performance, Murray deserved credit for the win. He cruised to 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 victory
Quarter Final: Beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
After taking a two-set lead, Tsonga came back later and forced a decider. Murray stepped up in gear and achieved an impressive win in the end. Final score: 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1
Semi-final: Beats Tomas Berdych
Berdych put up a lack-luster performance allowing Murray to wrap up events in less than 2 hours, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Final: Beats Milos Ranic
The Canadian was thought to pose a massive threat to Murray before the game, but Murray played superbly, overwhelming his opponent 6-4, 7-6, 7-6