Ivan Lendl says too early to judge Rafael Nadal

Lendl said it would be tough for players outside the Big Four, such as sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, to win a major this year.

updated: March 04, 2013 18:39 IST
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Hong Kong: Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl on Monday welcomed Rafael Nadal back from a long injury layoff, but said it was too early to judge whether the 11-time Grand Slam winner would be at his best.

The Spaniard swept to a straight sets victory over countryman David Ferrer at the Mexican Open on Saturday, his second title in three events since returning from a seven-month absence with a left-knee injury.

The so-called 'Big Four' -- Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Nadal -- are set to be reunited at the Indian Wells Masters later this week, but Lendl cautioned against reading too much into the 26-year-old's comeback wins.

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