Andy Murray shares Ivan Lendl admiration

Britain's Andy Murray returns a shot during his first round clash with Robin Haase at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Andy Murray reveals that he has started to study videos of his coach Ivan Lendl and would like to play him over any other past Grand Slam winner.

Andy Murray has admitted that he has started to study the style of his coach Ivan Lendl since they began working together.

Lendl has helped Murray break his Grand Slam hoodoo at the US Open last year, with the Scot showing signs of that form in his flawless run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open this week.

Murray has revealed that given the choice to play any past player he would like to test himself against Lendl.

He told BBC Sport: "I'd play my coach Ivan Lendl, no question. I hadn't watched many of his matches until I started working with him, then I started to watch some videos of his big matches.

"Now that I know him and have watched him a lot, he would be the most fun guy to go play. He was incredibly consistent, very rarely played a bad match, he did everything well, served well, good forehand, passed well, moved well.

"He improved his volleys a lot towards the end of his career as well to try and win Wimbledon. That was the sort of guy he was. He could have won more Slams, for sure. Would I have beaten him? Depends on the surface. I think on clay he would have beaten me, on grass I think I might have beaten him and on hard courts, well it would have been a good match!"

Murray continues his campaign in Melbourne with a quarter-final match against unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy tomorrow.

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