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Perhaps now he has.

“Andy has been maturing very nicely as a player, as a competitor, as a person,” Lendl said. “As you mature, you become more comfortable in these situations. Of course, being in more of these situations, it’s very important, and the more of them you’re in, the more comfortable you feel.”

Lendl speaks from experience.

Murray said he won’t know for sure exactly what sort of confidence boost he’ll gain from these 15 days at the U.S. Open _ and one particularly engaging victory against a gritty competitor in Djokovic _ until the next time he finds himself on court with so much at stake.

He is certain, though, that he can’t wait to find out.

“I want to keep improving. I want to keep trying to win. … I know, obviously, how good it feels to win a Grand Slam and, obviously, winning the Olympics. I know how hard it was, obviously, losing a Wimbledon final,” Murray said on Day 1 of life as a major champion. “You want to try to win those big matches in the big tournaments, and I’ll keep working hard to try and do it again.”


Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. He can be reached at hfendrich(at) or on Twitter at