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Lendl's influence is key to Murray's success

Updated: November 30, 2012, 3:26 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

When Ivan Lendl assumed the job of coaching Andy Murray just eight months ago, Murray was in danger of becoming the champion of also-rans. He was a three-time Grand Slam finalist, never a winner.

Lendl came with baggage, namely eight Grand Slam titles. The only coach with a comparable resume in many years has been Jimmy Connors, whose relation with Andy Roddick was productive but relatively short-lived and not sufficiently transformational to enable Roddick to win another major title. ...

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