Indeed tj. And it seems to me they've clicked really well and the fruits of that really showed at wimbledon/olympics even though Mr L wasn't there in person for the latter. That in itself is encouraging ie that he doesn't have to be there physically necessarily for his influence to tell.
I actually thought it was fascinating to see that Lendl wasn't there and yet he still influenced how Andy played. Shows it works, and also that Andy respects his input.
It seems funny to me now that there were people who questioned Andy's decision to work with Lendl, but I honestly think it seems as if Andy respects the fact that Lendl has been there and done it, and had similar things to overcome.
I get a sense that maybe it works for Andy to be coached by someone who has been out there and done it, rather than being coached by someone who has coached someone who has done it, if that makes sense.
There is an interesting interview on Youtube that most of you will have seen I'm sure. It is with Lendl, talking to Brad Gilbert and someone who I presume is an American TV presenter, although I can't remember for sure. It was done during Wimbledon. The thing that interested me was the way Lendl talked about when he first met Andy, during that time when Brad Gilbert was coaching him. The part that interested me was when Brad Gilbert mentioned a practice session that Lendl watched. He asked Lendl, and forgive me, I am paraphrasing, if he remembered all the backchat Andy gave him. I could have kissed Lendl when he looked at Brad Gilbert and said, dead straight faced, 'No, I just thought the kid had got all the shots'. Classic!