Ivan Lendl puts faith in Andy Murray’s mental strength to retain title | Kevin Mitchell

The odds are in the world No1’s favour to reach another Wimbledon final and his coach says he is hitting the ball cleaner with every practice session

Andy Murray’s strengths extend some way beyond the wielding of a racket, as his coach, Ivan Lendl, points out on the eve of the Wimbledon champion’s fourth?round match against the gifted Frenchman Benoît Paire.

From this point on until Sunday, the quality of the tennis will be taken for granted as the candidates are whittled down to the final pair, he says, and the difference will be manifest, as ever, in the mental struggle.

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