“My mistake as well” Novak Djokovic openly admitted to wrongdoing after controversial win over Andy Murray

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's rivalry was at its peak during the 2010s and one of the most heated moment between the two major winners occurred in 2014.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic
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During the 2014 season, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the finals of the 2014 Indian Wells Masters and then proceeded to defeat Rafael Nadal in the finals of the 2014 Miami Masters to achieve his second Sunshine Doubles and with wins over his two arch-rivals to win the titles, it was a memorable month for the Serbian.

Djokovic finished the season with 4 Masters titles and won the 2014 Wimbledon title as well which saw him clinch the year-end No. 1 rank and mark his return to the top spot in the ATP singles rankings. While the season was quite successful for the Serbian, one controversy early during the season tainted his success and kept him in discussion throughout the season in what was described as poor sportsmanship by the champion player.

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“I was right to complain and that’s it,”: Andy Murray on the incident with Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray was the defending champion at the 2014 Miami Masters and also the 6th seed while Novak was the 2nd seed at the tournament. During their quarter-final clash, Novak ended Andy’s title defence with a straight-set victory in a dramatic match which involved Murray accusing the Serb of cheating and poor sportsmanship while calling out the chair umpire over the inability to spot the errors.

Murray was serving in the first set at 5-6 and Novak won the first point of the game with a volley winner which was challenged by Murray saying Novak had crossed the net and hit the shot, a clear flouting of the rule. The officials could not spot it and despite multiple replays confirming Murray’s challenge, the point was awarded to Djokovic who managed to break the serve and clinch the set before closing out the second set rather quickly as Murray had dropped all of his concentration.

“I knew it was close. So that’s why I went and asked Novak and he told me he was over the net. That was it. If it was over the net, it was over the net. I was right to complain and that’s it,” spoke an irritated Murray in his post-match press conference still unhappy about the decision that went against him. “It might be my mistake as well. I think I cross the net with the racquet, I didn’t touch the net. Maybe the rule is you [can] not hit on his side with the racquet. I’m not sure. You tell me,” said Djokovic speaking with Brad Gilbert for ESPN.

Novak also pointed tout hat a similar thing had happened with him in the 2013 French Open semis when he took Nadal to five sets but a controversial call in the 5th set turned the tide in Rafa’s favour who went on to clinch the title later. “If I judge that I couldn’t win the point, that I had no chance to get that ball back in court, or if I see the ball good, I’m going to tell him to challenge it. For me, it’s something that is part of the sport, and fair play,” added Novak speaking about conceding a point in his earlier match in Miami.

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