It is safe to say that 2012 has been a very good year for British number one Andy Murray as he claimed Olympic gold in London, and then went on to secure his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September.
Although the main reason for this success is of course his natural talent and hard-working attitude, coach Ivan Lendl also seems to have been a key factor in helping the Scotsman become one of the best in the world.
They seem to have a good understanding with each other and when it comes to winning Grand Slam titles, Lendl certainly has experience of that as he secured eight during his playing career. It is not often you see much emotion from the former world number one, but you can tell just how driven he is for Murray to do well.
And now, the US Open Champion is ready to work with him for the foreseeable future.
He said: “Ivan and I have a very good relationship, it’s very honest and open, that’s why it has worked so well and why both of us are planning long term,” he was quoted as saying in a number of national newspapers.
“We spoke at the end of last year and it was much more short term – ‘let’s see how the first few months of the season go’. Now it’s, ‘What are we going to be doing in four or five years’ time?”
There is no doubt that the 25-year-old can challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for more major titles in 2013 and if he continues his hard work, then it could be a very successful year for him.
You have to wonder just how many Grand Slams Murray would have picked up by now if he wasn’t going up against three greats of the game in most tournaments he plays. The fact that he has managed to take one is a superb achievement and a few more would show that he is ready to really set the world alight.
A good start is key of course, so he will be after success at the Australian Open in January. He can certainly win it – no doubt about that.
Let’s just hope his ankle, which often gives him trouble, is not playing up and that the closed-season did not come at the wrong time.
There is an expectation on his shoulders this year, so now we need to see just how he copes with that.