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Andy Murray keeping faith with coaches

By Nick Purewal

Published 19/06/2015

Top gear: Andy Murray turns up the heat on his way to victory over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships
Top gear: Andy Murray turns up the heat on his way to victory over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships

Andy Murray is intent on retaining the services of current coaches Amelie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman "for a long time".

Murray is on to the sixth backroom team of his professional career and admitted: "I don't want to have new coaches every year."

Following his win over Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships, the 28-year-old Scot underlined his desire to build a lasting partnership with Mauresmo, who succeeded Ivan Lendl last summer, and Bjorkman who joined his team in April.

"I hope that my coaching arrangement just now lasts for a long time," said Murray, preparing to face Gilles Muller in today's quarter-finals.

"I think it's better to have continuity, I'm not that young anymore.

"I don't want to have new coaches every year or couple of years."

Luxembourg's Muller dumped lacklustre defending champion Grigor Dimitrov out of the Queen's Club tournament's second round.

The 32-year-old prevailed in straight sets, 6-4 7-6, much to the delight of his coach and Murray's compatriot and friend Jamie Delgado.

"I've been coming here for a long time and it was my first time on Centre Court," 32-year-old Muller, ranked 48th, said.

"It's tough to beat that."

Murray then dispatched Verdasco 7-5 6-4, showing flashes of deft grass-court brilliance, to move closer to a record-equalling fourth Queen's Club title.

Birmingham-born Delgado reached a career-high singles ranking of 121 in his playing days but is fast earning a strong reputation in the field of coaching.

The 38-year-old has helped Muller turn a career-threatening elbow injury into a rise to a best-ever singles ranking of 34 in February this year.

Despite his firm friendship with Delgado, Murray replied "I don't know to be honest" on whether he could see the two working together in a professional capacity.

"I think Jamie's very knowledgeable about the game, he loves tennis, he's been on the tour himself for a long time and he's done a very good job with Gilles," said Murray.

"Gilles was coming back from an injury when they started together but I'm pretty sure he's helped get him to his career-high ranking.

"He's done a very good job there and he's a good friend of mine," he added.

John Isner completed a 7-6 6-7 7-6 win in two hours 18 minutes over Feliciano Lopez.

In an ace fest which harkened back to the days of Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic, both men combined to hit 65 untouchable serves over the three sets.

Serbian Viktor Troicki defeated number four seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-7 6-2 6-3 late last night.

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