Murray hails Lendl input after landing Brisbane crown

Andy Murray of Britain holds up the trophy after winning his final against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Andy Murray of Britain holds up the trophy after winning his final against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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ANDY Murray is excited about what the future holds with new coach Ivan Lendl after preparing perfectly for the Australian Open with victory in the Brisbane International.

The British number one cruised to a 6-1 6-3 win over third seed Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov in yesterday’s final in front of the watching Lendl.

The Czech-born American won eight grand slam titles in his illustrious career and has been earmarked as the man to help Murray break through that threshold for the first time.

And the Scot said: “It’s very exciting. He is obviously one of the greatest players ever to play so he should bring a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge.

“He had a great understanding of how to prepare for big events both physically and mentally.

“We have spent six or seven days together and really enjoyed it. We’ve got on well and hopefully that continues.

“He has a similar sense of humour to me in many respects. He is a very funny guy, he has a lot of great stories from when he was playing.

“He’s an interesting character. He is very hard-working and is going to give me a great opportunity to play my best tennis this year.”

A major title is the glaring absence from the world number four’s CV.

Murray beat Mikhail Kukushkin, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Bernard Tomic and Dolgopolov en route to winning the Bristbane title.