Andy Murray believes that Novak Djokovic he created a psychological advantage for himself by winning matches where he was up against match points. Djokovic, 35, has many times won matches when he was a match point down; notably, Djokovic saved two championship points in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
This week in Dubai, Murray saved three match points in his tournament opener against Lorenzo Sonego. A couple of days later, Murray saved five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka in the semi-final in Dubai. After beating Lehecka, Murray made an interesting observation.
«Someone like Novak has been through some very difficult situations, and it certainly seems like the players think a bit when they get close to the finish line. That’s something I feel a little bit at the moment,» Murray said, according to Musab Abid.
Murray, 35, underwent two major hip operations several years ago. Since 2017, Murray has not made deep Grand Slam runs. When it became clear that Murray was no longer the player he used to be, some around him began to wonder why he was still playing.
«When people have asked me a lot in recent years why you keep playing or what you want to achieve in the last years of your career, they have told me: ‘Yes, for moments like those of the big games, you know, in the last years .
phases of events,'» Murray said. Meanwhile, Murray has accomplished great feats at the start of the 2023 season. In the first round of the Australian Open, Murray saved a match point to defeat Matteo Berrettini. In his next match at the Australian Open, Murray rallied from two sets to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in a match that lasted nearly six hours.
Djokovic has broken a new record
This Monday, Novak Djokovic broke a new record by overtaking Steffi Graf… And no less important. With 378 weeks on the clock, he is the player, men and women combined, who has spent the longest time in the world number 1 spot.
Asked by L’Equipe for the occasion, Nicolas Mahut defended Novak Djokovic, whom he promises an even more exceptional end of career. “Novak is going to have all the records. But even if he wins everything, there will always be a debate about the GOAT, which absolutely would not be the case if it was Federer or Nadal.
I think Novak is underrated. I understand what he said about the always negative interpretation as soon as he does something. Sometimes he also holds the stick. But I find criticism of everything he has achieved unfair.»