Coach Lendl backs Murray to carry blistering form into 2013

London: Andy Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl has claimed there is no reason why the Brit tennis sensation can’t carry forward his brilliant form this year to 2013.

Murray finally cracked it on the biggest stage in tennis when he defeated Novak Djokovic to win the US Open in September, and it capped a terrific year for the British No1 after his gold medal at the London Olympics, all under the watchful gaze of Lendl.

The Scot now has the world No1 spot in his sights and Lendl, who spent an incredible 270 weeks in that position during his own glittering playing career, reckons his charge has what it takes to make it happen.

“I don’t see why Andy should not have another big year in 2013. I’ve never been a fan of how many weeks someone is at No1. I’m more interested in winning majors because then No1 comes as a by-product and it shows consistency,’ the Sun quoted Lendl, as saying.

“Being No1 was an honour and I take my hat off to Roger Federer for doing 300 weeks at the top,” he added.

“It’s a good call by Andy to aim to become No1 in the world and he understands that it’s not only about playing well in the majors, it also takes consistency throughout the year to achieve that. I don’t see any reason why Andy won’t win many more Grand Slam titles,” he said.