“I can’t believe I used to win”- Andy Murray recognizes the difficulty of winning Grand Slams and praises Novak Djokovic on his recent French Open win

Andy Murray praises Novak Djokovic after his historic French Open win.


“I can’t believe I used to win”- Andy Murray recognizes the difficulty of winning Grand Slams and praises Novak Djokovic on his recent French Open win

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic (Credits: ATP World Tour)

British tennis legend Sir Andy Murray has congratulated Novak Djokovic on his recent title win at the French Open 2023. This Grand Slam title marked the 23rd for the Serb, surpassing the previously shared record with Rafael Nadal. In the press conference at the Surbiton Challenger, Murray congratulated Djokovic on his wonderful accomplishment.

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Andy Murray even joked about him hoping Djokovic ‘take his eye off the ball’ in the build-up to the upcoming Wimbledon tournament. He says, “I’m not saying he makes it look easy but he makes it look a lot more easy than it should. I am happy for him, he deserves it. 

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have a long-standing rivalry on the court and friendship off it, dating back to when they were 11 years old. During most of their clashes, the stakes have always remained high. For example, nineteen of their 36 ATP head-to-head- meetings have come in finals. Furthermore, 33 of their 36 meetings have also come from a Grand Slam, ATP Masters 1000, the Nitto ATP Finals, or the Olympics. In terms of their match records, Djokovic leads 25-11.

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Andy Murray has high words of praise for his Serbian counterpart Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray
Andy Murray (Credits: ATP World Tour)

It’s safe to say that both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic enjoyed successful Sundays. Murray defeated Austrian tennis player Jurij Rodionov to win the men’s final of the Lexus SurbitonTrophy. Besides, the Brit will be looking forward to his fourth grand slam appearance at Wimbledon next month.

Adding further to his praise for Djokovic, Murray said, “When he beat me in the final of the (2016) French Open he lost motivation so maybe he can take his eye off the ball for the next few weeks heading into Wimbledon! But congratulations to him – it’s an incredible achievement.

Andy Murray is quite elated with his Surbiton Trophy win and thanks his family’s constant support in his achievement. Murray showed his gratefulness to his wife, Kim Murray, and his four children, who give him a reason to play the sport that he loves every day. He says, “It’s brilliant to win another one. My kids are always asking me when I go away if I come home with a trophy and that’s been rare these last few years.

 “They actually came two minutes before the rain came my wife had to take them back home. So they’ve missed the end of the match but I think they’re watching on the TV so Sophia, Edie, Teddy and Lola – I hope you’re watching and I’ll bring you home a trophy tonight.” 

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Both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will once give it all against each other at Wimbledon, with the much-anticipated tournament scheduled from July 3 to July 16, 2023.

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