Murray admires Lendl work ethic

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ANDY Murray is hoping to benefit from Ivan Lendl’s legendary work ethic as he strives to land his first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Lendl was reknown as one of the most dilligent players on tour in the 1980s, an approach which saw him land eight majors and top the rankings for 270 weeks.

That record, and reputation led Murray to appoint the 51-year-old as his coach at the turn of the year and the world number four has already been struck by Lendl’s application.

He said: “He is a very hard worker. I like hard work as well. I think he’s liked that so far in the time we’ve spent together.

“The last couple of years especially my attention to detail has got much, much better.

“I was very young when he played but he’s obviously had a great attitude towards trying to improve.

“He tried many new things and he was always in great shape. He’s definitely going to help with that side of things as well.”

Murray, who has reached the final in Melbourne the last two years, faces American player Ryan Harrison in his opener tomorrow.