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Andy Murray reflects on "hard few days" since Ivan Lendl split

Andy Murray pays tribute to former coach Ivan Lendl after winning his first match since the pair's amicable split.

Andy Murray has paid tribute to former coach Ivan Lendl after winning his first match since the pair's amicable split.

The British number one, whose two-year partnership with Lendl came to an end earlier this week due to conflicting schedules, started slowly against Australia's Matthew Ebden on Friday night.

However, he fought back to win 3-6 6-0 6-1 and book his place the third round of the Miami Masters.

"It was very different without him, it's been a hard few days," Murray told Sky Sports News. "He's been a big part of my career and to not have him around is going to be tough, but I just need to get on with it now and try to get back to playing my best tennis."

On his victory over Ebden, Murray added: "He was playing well at the net in the first set. I had six break points, I think, but I couldn't convert.

"I played better in the second and third sets. I got broken right at the beginning of the third set, I played a sloppy game and needed to fire myself up, but I turned it around after that and won six games in a row."

Murray will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez in round three.


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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his second round match against Vincent Millot of France during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014
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