Tomas Berdych hires ex-Andy Murray coach Dani Vallverdu
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World number seven Tomas Berdych has appointed Andy Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu for the 2015 season.
Vallverdu, 28, left Murray's coaching team last month after five years, in a split described as 'mutual'.
Berdych, 29, had been looking for a new coach after most of his rivals made big-name appointments.
He approached Ivan Lendl, the man who helped Murray to two Grand Slam titles, but said the eight-time major winner was "too busy".
Posting on Facebook on Tuesday, Berdych said: "Dear fans and friends... my new coaches for next year will be Dani Vallverdu and Azuz Simcich.
"Thank you to Tomas Krupa and David Vydra for a great time and fantastic work."
Murray met Vallverdu when the pair were teenagers at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain, and the Venezuelan worked closely with Lendl during the Czech great's two-year stint with Murray.
|World top eight players & coaches|
|Novak Djokovic||Marian Vajda & Boris Becker|
|Roger Federer||Severin Luthi & Stefan Edberg|
|Rafael Nadal||Toni Nadal|
|Stanislas Wawrinka||Magnus Norman|
|Kei Nishikori||Dante Bottini & Michael Chang|
|Andy Murray||Amelie Mauresmo|
|Tomas Berdych||Dani Vallverdu|
|Milos Raonic||Ivan Ljubicic & Riccardo Piatti|