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Lendl, Ivan

(ēvän` lĕn`dəl), 1960–, Czech-American tennis player. After leading Czechoslovakia to its only Davis Cup championship (1980), he moved to the United States, and became one of the dominant singles players in professional tennis during the 1980s. Lendl was noted for his powerful forehand and serve and for his steely court demeanor, a marked contrast with the behavior of his early rivals Jimmy ConnorsConnors, Jimmy
(James Scott Connors, Jr.), 1952–, American tennis player, b. East St. Louis, Ill. A volatile, controversial, and fiercely competitive player, Connors was known for his theatrical conduct on the court as well as for his powerful two-handed backhand, strong
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 and John McEnroeMcEnroe, John Patrick, Jr.
, 1959–, American tennis player, b. Weisbaden, West Germany. He grew up in Douglaston, Queens, N.Y. After winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association singles title while a student at Stanford Univ.
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. He won eight major titles (the French Open in 1984 and 1986–87, the U.S. Open in 1985–87, and the Australian Open in 1989–90), among a total of 94 professional tour victories.
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Czech-born Lendl won 94 singles titles during his 16-year professional playing career, including eight grand slam triumphs.
Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl today announced they have mutually agreed to end their coaching relationship," the off
Lendl guided the Scot to London gold and the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles in their first spell together.
When asked if he was impressed by Murray's fighting spirit against Fognini, Lendl said: "Yeah but it's Andy.
Lendl said: "Winning is better but I knew the reasons why he was struggling.
Murray and Lendl got back to basics in the week before the tournament - once Murray had got over his latest illness.
Murray was in fine form prior to reuniting with Lendl and will play in his third successive slam final but he has so far been unable to add to his tally.
Lendl (below) insists Murray is the only player who would have convinced him to return to his coaching set-up mid-season.
Murray, a highly emotional man like McEnroe, is a calmer, more positive player with the presence of 'Old Stoneface' Lendl in his box.
The pair surprisingly split in March 2014 after the best two years of Murray's career and, when Lendl said he was ready to give it another shot, Murray did not hesitate.
Murray has credited Lendl for helping him with the mental side of his game, but the Czech legend is adamant he's only focused on what his man does with the racket.