Ivan Lendl: 'Andy Murray is the world's best'

Andy Murray of Britain is congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the Men's singles final match on July 7, 2013
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Ivan Lendl says that Andy Murray deserves to be recognised as the best player in the world.

Former Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl believes that Andy Murray deserves to be considered as the best player in the world due to his ability to cope with the pressure at major tournaments.

Over the past year, the Scot had won both the Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slams, finished runner-up at the Australian Open as well as earning an Olympic gold medal, yet still sits behind Novak Djokovic in the world rankings.

The Serbian is placed above the British number one due to his consistency in the ­second tier of tennis events known as the Masters series, but Lendl feels that Murray is worthy of taking his place at the top.

"Under pressure right now Andy has two majors and a gold medal," Lendl told The Telegraph.

"Novak is a great player, don't get me wrong. He has had a phenomenal last 12 months, basically since the start of 2011, so the rankings look at all of that.

"[But] if somebody has two majors and an Olympic gold medal, and everybody else has only one major, everybody can make their own opinion on that."

Lendl has coached Murray since the start of 2012.

Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Wimbledon trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final on July 7, 2013
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