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Friday, 11 January 2019

Why Murray announcement has Djokovic shaken


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With longtime adversary Andy Murray preparing for his curtain call, world No.1 Novak Djokovic isn't entertaining the idea of adding another chapter to his storied rivalries with Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

An injury-wrecked Murray has conceded that the season-opening major at Melbourne Park starting on Monday could be his last before he retires.

Few could relate to the Scotsman's devastation like Djokovic, who faced his own tennis mortality early last year after battling a severe elbow injury.

Born a week apart and having risen through the junior ranks together, the pair have battled through seven grand slam deciders including Murray's epic victory at Flushing Meadows in 2012 to break through at a major for the first time.

Novak Djokovic

But while Murray's hip issues have him preparing for an inevitable end, Djokovic has bounced back from his own injury crisis to take out last year's Wimbledon and US Open crowns and eye off a record seventh Australian Open title.

"It's quite a shock for me honestly because we are the same age, the same generation," Djokovic said at a sponsor's event in Melbourne.

"It's quite sad to see him going through what he has been going through ... as someone who has been through a major injury with my elbow in the last couple of years, I can definitely empathise with him and relate to what he's going through.

"I trained with him a couple of days ago and we got to chatting a little bit. He's a great champion, he's a friend of mine that I grew up with.

Andy Murray Novak Djokovic

"It's kind of sad to know that he might play his last Australian Open but I do wish him all the best. There's a lot of things in life I'm sure to be grateful for."

For the 31-year-old Djokovic favourite to again taste success at his happiest major hunting ground, the draw has ensured he could face either Federer or Nadal - both of whom have shared similarly epic rivalries with the Serb - in the final.

"Obviously I know what my draw looks like in potential next rounds but at the same time I have to direct all of my attention to only the next challenger," the 14-time grand slam champion said.

"If I get to the finals and I get to play one of them, I'll be very happy."

With longtime adversary Andy Murray preparing for his curtain call, world No.1 Novak Djokovic isn't entertaining the idea of adding another chapter to his storied rivalries with Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

An injury-wrecked Murray has conceded that the season-opening major at Melbourne Park starting on Monday could be his last before he retires.

Few could relate to the Scotsman's devastation like Djokovic, who faced his own tennis mortality early last year after battling a severe elbow injury.

Born a week apart and having risen through the junior ranks together, the pair have battled through seven grand slam deciders including Murray's epic victory at Flushing Meadows in 2012 to break through at a major for the first time.

Novak Djokovic

But while Murray's hip issues have him preparing for an inevitable end, Djokovic has bounced back from his own injury crisis to take out last year's Wimbledon and US Open crowns and eye off a record seventh Australian Open title.

"It's quite a shock for me honestly because we are the same age, the same generation," Djokovic said at a sponsor's event in Melbourne.

"It's quite sad to see him going through what he has been going through ... as someone who has been through a major injury with my elbow in the last couple of years, I can definitely empathise with him and relate to what he's going through.

"I trained with him a couple of days ago and we got to chatting a little bit. He's a great champion, he's a friend of mine that I grew up with.

Andy Murray Novak Djokovic

"It's kind of sad to know that he might play his last Australian Open but I do wish him all the best. There's a lot of things in life I'm sure to be grateful for."

For the 31-year-old Djokovic favourite to again taste success at his happiest major hunting ground, the draw has ensured he could face either Federer or Nadal - both of whom have shared similarly epic rivalries with the Serb - in the final.

"Obviously I know what my draw looks like in potential next rounds but at the same time I have to direct all of my attention to only the next challenger," the 14-time grand slam champion said.

"If I get to the finals and I get to play one of them, I'll be very happy."

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