The thing is, I think there will be people who will think Lendl is contradicting himself, suggesting that Andy is only 20% of where he is capable of being, but also saying that going on some sort of run of wins won't be easy, but I don't see a contradiction. What I personally see is a coach who believes that there could very well be more, much more, to come from Andy, but at the same time it is a process, a journey, if you like. I think that's such a good message to send out, both to Andy and beyond, because it sends out confidence about Andy's ability, whilst not putting him under ridiculous amounts of pressure, or rather, no more pressure than he would put in himself.
I think we could all use a dose of Lendl-like realism. Don't get me wrong, I'd love Andy to go on a run and win every match he plays. However, I know that may not be possible. All players, whether it's Andy or Djokovic, Federer, whoever, have days when it simply doesn't work, for whatever reason. The key, it seems to me, is how you deal with that. Andy has picked himself up after 4 major final losses and remained positive enough to put himself in a position to come through, and he did. The way I look at it is that if Andy can do that then I'm able to deal with the odd loss, even the inexplicable losses, because they are few and far between.
Good posting TJ. Personally though I'd hate to see Andy go on a run like Djokovic did last year and end up wrecking his body before the season was over. Anyway if he did win every tournament just think how boring it would be, although I must admit my nervous system would settle for a few less roller-coaster rides. LOL
Another Ivan interview!Doesn't say too much different to what he's already been saying,but I loved the line about him smiling inside during matches,and the way he talked about now having an understanding of what makes Andy tick made me excited for next year!
Interesting interview. Thanks for posting. I feel excited and optimistic about next year but part of me is still concerned that Lendl could put too much pressure on Andy, yet I'm sure that if Lendl now knows what makes him tick, he won't push him hard - well not too hard anyway!
I'd love to watch Lendl and the other golden oldies at the Albert Hall but it's probably too much to hope that it's going to be televised anywhere.
Youtube footage of Andy's twin cousins receiving the Stirling Sportsman of the Year Award on Andy's behalf - it's quite sweet.
That's lovely to watch. Thanks for posting Alis.
According to someone on twitter,Andy flew to Miami today!Training time...
I expect that's probably true given that he plans to come home before Christmas and also that he's due to play exhibition matches in the Inaugural Miami Tennis Cup next weekend.