“The last couple of times we played each other, in Australia and in Rome, I might have lost the match but I fought for every single point and made it really, really tough for him,” Murray said. “I think that’s why he started going for more in the second set tonight, and making mistakes because of that. “I’m sure Novak knows that if he wants to beat me, he is going to have to fight 110 per cent and play long, long points. That’s why you need to go in against the top guys every time with that attitude.” Coach Ivan Lendl might be on the other side of the world right now, following his charge’s progress on TV, but that could have been him speaking.
Since the two men teamed up at the start of the year, Lendl has stressed that there are no magic bullets that will transform a nearly man into a grand slam winner. Rather, it is an accumulation of small things: no free points, no easy games, no weak matches, whether you are playing an outside court in Zagreb or the Wimbledon final.