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Andy Murray splits with coach Lendl again


By Tom Allnutt

Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl have ended their successful partnership for a second time.

The British number one announced the parting of ways on his official website, describing the move as “mutual”.

Murray has won all three of his grand slam crowns under the guidance of Lendl, winning a second Wimbledon title in the second instalment of their partnership.

An injury-hit 2017 hindered their chances of further success, though, with Murray ending his season with three months to run because of a hip problem.

“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years, we’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” said Murray.

“My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”

That means Jamie Delgado will work even closer with the 30-year-old. He has been a permanent fixture on Murray’s coach team since last year — with Lendl on a more part-time basis — and he will likely be the man in Murray’s corner in the new season.

The split, regardless of how amicable, caps a year to forget for Murray.

Having scaled so many heights in 2016, including that Wimbledon win, Olympic gold and reaching number one in the world, 2017 has yielded just one title.

That came at the Dubai Tennis Championships in March, while his best slam performance was reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

A hip problem ruined his Wimbledon defence and forced him out of the US Open, while he was unable to defend his ATP Finals crown in London.

“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun,” said Lendl, who has been widely credited as one of the main keys to Murray’s top-level success.

Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares cruised into the last four of the ATP Finals by beating Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot.

In the singles, David Goffin set up a semi-final meeting with Roger Federer after the eighth seed secured second place in his group with a 6-4 6-1 win over fourth seed Dominic Thiem.

Grigor Dimitrov, already guaranteed to finish top of the group, saw off Pablo Carreno Busta.

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