London: Andy Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl has advised the Scot to not let his debut US Open and Olympics gold medal wins get over his head, adding that winning a Grand Slam is over-rated as top players never get affected by it.
Lendl said it would be just as hard for Murray to beat champion players Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open as it was before winning his maiden Grand Slam, the Daily Mirror reports.
Murray has claimed his Olympic gold and US Open title have given him the confidence to walk down the street with his head up after years of near misses, but his coach Lendl insisted the British No 1 had nothing to be ashamed of before his much-awaited breakthrough.
The former world No 1 also warned Murray’s increased belief would not now change the score on the tennis court against the very best. Lendl said he thinks playing for the first time as a Grand Slam champion is over-rated, adding it may be worth a point here or there with lesser players but doesn’t makes difference with the top players.
Lendl added that when a player wins his first Grand Slam, he knows how it feels, and they want more of it, adding top players like Federer and Djokovic have more of those experiences than Murray at this stage.
Federer is seeking his 18th Grand Slam title here while Djokovic is bidding to become the first ever player to win three consecutive Australian Open titles.