No Boris Becker-Ivan Lendl expected by Andy Murray
Last Updated: 27/12/13 6:59am
Andy Murray is not expecting a clash of the big-name coaches this season after Novak Djokovic appointed Boris Becker as his new coach.
Six-time Grand Slam champion Becker developed an intense rivalry with Murray's coach Ivan Lendl during their playing days with the German beating Lendl in the 1986 Wimbledon final, the 1989 US Open championship match as well as the 1991 Australian Open final.
Lendl, however, won eight majors and it was the Czech who enjoyed a 12-10 advantage in their head-to-head record.
The pair are set to come face-to-face off-court this season in their coaching roles but Murray does not believe their rivalry will be rekindled.
"I personally don't think there will be renewal of a rivalry," Murray said.
"I mean, no matter if you are coaching the players, you can't influence much. Once you step on court, the coaches can do very little to the outcome of a match.
"It is the preparation where the coaches can make a really good difference. We will have to see how it goes from here."
Murray, who is set to return to action after his back operation in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, believes today's players have a lot to learn from the legends of the past.
"Obviously, everyone wants to keep working on every game. It is good to see great players like Novak get some help from Becker who has been there and done it before," said the Scot.
"I don't know if it is a trend starting here or not. For that, we will have to wait and see for few years."
World No 4 Murray features alongside Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka in a six-man field at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships but is not expecting to make much of an impact.
"I can honestly speak for myself and not others. I'm coming back from an injury and I'm not expecting anything. My focus is to try and be healthy," said Murray.
"Hopefully, results will come if I'm 100 per cent fit. I would expect everyone to play very good tennis this year. I would personally like to get good results in the Grand Slams."