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Murray pleased to have Lendl input
Andy Murray is grateful to have Ivan Lendl by his side as he prepares to open his defence of a grand slam title for the first time.
The Scot has been kept waiting at the US Open but will finally begin his campaign on Wednesday when he takes on Frenchman Michael Llodra.
Murray has achieved a lot of firsts over the past 13 months - an Olympic gold medal, a first grand slam title here last year and a first Wimbledon crown last month.
But another first arrives in New York with the challenge of trying to hang on to a slam title.
Lendl, who Murray hired as his coach at the start of last year, also won his first grand slam in his fifth final, and the 26-year-old has made no secret of how big a help it has been having someone to talk to who has been through the same thing.
Lendl went on to win eight grand slam trophies, successfully defending titles in Australia, France and twice in New York.
Murray told Press Association Sport: "It helps, obviously. He's someone that I can talk to about those feelings if I think it's necessary. He'll have his opinions on it and how he dealt with it himself.
"But everybody deals with different pressures and stresses differently so how he dealt with it might be completely different to how I would. But it's just good to have someone there that you can discuss those things with."
Murray expects to be nervous before facing Llodra, who he has beaten in their three previous matches, but thinks he will feel less pressure rather than more as the tournament goes on.
Now he has won grand slam titles, including Wimbledon, that all-consuming weight of expectation has been lifted.
An obvious next target for Murray would be to become world number one, but he has not shown the consistency in tournaments outside the slams to accumulate enough points.
The world number three believes grand slam titles will always be his priority, saying: "Everyone is motivated by different things.
"My whole career for four, five, six years, it was about winning grand slams. That was what gave me the motivation to train.
"When I did lose in a grand slam, that was what was most disappointing for me. I could win a Masters series event and the first question I would get asked when I came in (to the press conference) was, 'When are you going to win a grand slam?'
"It wasn't, 'When are you going to get to number one?' That became my motivation, to try to win grand slams, so that, I would imagine, would be the case for the rest of my career."
Speaking to the New York Times, Murray highlighted winning the Australian Open title as a major goal as well as reaching the final of the French Open.
Murray has made the final in Melbourne three times but lost each one, once to Roger Federer and twice to Novak Djokovic.
Murray said: "Because it took me such a long time to (win a grand slam), I know how hard they are to win, I might as well enjoy the challenge of trying to do it now.
"The Australian Open would be a big goal because I've been to the final there three times, and a semi-final with Novak on top of that. I'd love to try and win there. And obviously the French Open, trying to reach the final there as well, would be another goal.
"To play in all four slam finals, I would be able to say, having played in the Olympic final as well, that I've at least given myself an opportunity to compete for all the major trophies in my career."
Murray's match will be first up in the night session on Arthur Ashe, which is unlikely to have impressed the Scot.
The decision also goes against the tournament's own schedule, which features second-round matches for both men and women on Wednesday night.
When asked for an explanation, the United States Tennis Association said the schedule was a guide and not something that has to be stuck to rigidly.
Murray may have been indirectly affected by Monday night's rain, with both Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal's next opponent Rogerio Dutra Silva, forced to play or complete their matches on Tuesday..
It would therefore have been seen as unfair to make either play in the one second-round match on Wednesday night.
But the scheduling means Murray will not start his tournament until more than 48 hours after Nadal, one of his chief rivals for the title, and the unpredictable New York weather could yet see the match pushed into the fourth day.