Former World No.1 Andy Murray put up an impressive performance at the ongoing Wimbledon, before he was ousted in the third round by Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov. That said, despite coming back from several injuries and a hip surgery, the former two-time Wimbledon champion showed great courage and heart in beating Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte in the first two rounds at SW19.
A day after losing to Shapovalov, Murray took to twitter and posted an interesting question tennis ball machine. He asked: “Anyone got any knowledge of the best tennis ball machine on the market or one that they would recommend?”
While the three-time Grand Slam champion got a prompt response from ex WTA player Kim Clijsters and several other fans, the best reply and answer came back from former doubles legend Todd Woodbridge who had no hesitation is saying that current World No.1 Novak Djokovic was equivalent to a ball machine.
It is obvious as to why the Australian great funnily suggested the Serb’s name to Murray’s query. Djokovic has been dominating the ATP tour for more than a decade and is also the front-runner to go down as the greatest of all time –GOAT in tennis. For long, putting almost every ball back in the court has been the hallmark of Djokovic’s tennis, owing to which he has won 19 Grand Slams and multiple titles on the tour.
Djokovic and Murray: Modern day rivalry
Interestingly, Djokovic and Murray have known and competed against each other since they were young boys. They continued their rivalry onto the senior level as well and locked horns on 36 occasions. Currently, it’s the Serb who leads the Scot comfortably 25-11.
They played for the first time on the ATP tour in 2006 at the Madrid Masters and it was Djokovic who won in three sets. They have also crossed paths at the Majors multiple times. There too, it’s the Serb who leads by a healthy margin. They last met in Doha in 2017, where once again the current World No.1 prevailed over the former top-ranked player.