Andy Murray defends Novak Djokovic : Everyone needs to give him a bit of a break

no photo
 |

© Getty Images

Andy Murray defends Novak Djokovic : Everyone needs to give him a bit of a break

no photo

SportsCafe Desk

01/21/2017

World No 1 Andy Murray has come out in defense of Novak Djokovic after the Serbian came under a lot of criticism following his second round exit in the Australian Open at the hands of World No 117 Denis Istomin. The Brit stressed on how tough it is to “keep up the intensity week after week”.

"I think everyone needs to give him a bit of a break. It is hard to keep up the intensity week after week, that's why everyone has been so impressed by the group of players at the top of the game over the last few years," Murray said in his column on the BBC website.

"I think the players themselves are a lot more understanding, as we know how difficult it is and how incredible the consistency has been over the last few years. It's almost inevitable it will drop off at some point." 

If you compare it to every other tennis player in the world, his last 12-18 months have been phenomenal.

Murray

Djokovic, who was dethroned by Murray at No 1 towards the end of 2016, lost to the 30-year-old from Uzbekistan 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6 after taking a 2-1 lead in the match in the third set. It was the first time since 2007 that Djokovic had failed to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, and the first time ever in his career that he'd lost to a player ranked outside of the top 100 in a grand slam tournament.

"If you compare it to every other tennis player in the world, his last 12-18 months have been phenomenal," wrote Murray.

"Everyone was surprised by Novak's exit in Melbourne, for sure. But out of the last few grand slams he made the final of the US Open, the third round at Wimbledon and won the French Open. Every single player on the Tour, bar one or two, would sign up for those results. When you compare it to what his standards are, he'll probably be disappointed. But if you compare it to every other tennis player in the world, his last 12-18 months have been phenomenal."

Now play Cricket, Football, Tennis, Badminton and Kabaddi - all in one go.

Presenting Nostragamus, the first ever prediction game that covers all sports. Play Daily Sports challenge and win cash prizes daily!

Download the app for FREE and get Rs.20 joining BONUS. Join 30,000 other users who win cash by playing NostraGamus. Click here to download the app for FREE on android!

SHOW COMMENTS