Novak Djokovic recently won his 18th Grand Slam final at the Australian Open 2021. The World No.1 player exhibited some great skills and defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the finals. The final scoreline of the match was 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. After the match, 3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray expressed his opinions on the ‘Big Three’ v ‘Next-Gen’ debate.
Although the next-gen superstar Daniil Medvedev played really well, he stood nowhere near the mighty Novak Djokovic in the finals. Fans were expecting a lot from other new-gen players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem too but they failed to deliver in crucial matches.
In a recent interview, former World No.1 Andy Murray highlighted that he was quite disappointed with the younger guys. According to him, they have not completely shown that fighting spirit against the ‘Big Three’.
“The younger guys, for me, they’ve not shown that they’re particularly close,” said Murray in the interview.
Murray certainly expected a lot from the next-gen players. However, he certainly believes that they need to improve a lot in order to win a Grand Slam title.
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Andy Murray believes that Dominic Thiem would not have won the US Open 2020 if Novak Djokovic would not have suffered an unfortunate exit
Murray also made a shocking claim in the same interview. Although he applauded Thiem for his US Open 2020 title, he mentioned that Djoker would have won it if he would have stayed in the tournament.
“Obviously what happened at the US Open, Thiem obviously did what he had to do to win the event but if Novak hadn’t put a ball through the line judge’s throat, it would be the same outcome I think,” added the British player.
Murray definitely feels that the next-gen players are still behind the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. He, in a way, hinted that Djokovic would have surely defeated Thiem at the US Open 2020.
Andy Murray will make a return to the ATP Tour at the Open Sud de France today. He’ll certainly try to gain some momentum and win the tournament. Will Murray be able to find his form back in 2021?