In a press conference during the US Open, Andy Murray made some interesting remarks about the longevity of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Andy explained: “If you look at how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic move – who are about the same age as me – you realize that they haven’t had the slightest decline compared to 5-6 years ago.
I fell from that point of view.” The three-time Grand Slam champion then analyzed his performance against Matteo Berrettini: “I served poorly for most of the match, things got better only in the third set. He served very well and got numerous points thanks to that shot.
I think that was the big difference. In the fourth set I got a break lead, the match could have been there. Unfortunately, I ran into a bad spin on my serve and momentum was back on his side. In any case, I played a good game against one of the best in the world.
I can be satisfied with the level that I have expressed. I will try to do even better in the future.” The big three have had the ability to stay at the highest level even after the age of 30. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic continue to dispute the most important titles and have shared the first three Slams of the season.
The Spaniard has, in fact, won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, despite nagging foot pain that had fueled the specter of retirement. The Serbian, for his part, had several problems related to his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
The former world number 1 had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open for this reason, losing many positions in the ATP rankings.
Djokovic missed the Australian Open and the US Open
Journalist Ben Rothenberg painted a gloomy picture with regard to Novak Djokovic’s prospects in the near future considering that the Serb has had little match practice.
“If that would be the case, at this point, I would actually pick Alcaraz over Djokovic, I think, because I just don’t think Djokovic has the match prep,” Rothenberg stated during the Match Point podcast on Tennis Majors.
“I saw how slow he was to come back in the clay season this year when he didn’t play Indian wells and Miami,” Rothenberg said. “He had a very slow start with the clay and so we’ll see. I think he’s gonna play some European tournaments this fall.
I’d imagine he will get some matches. But in this imaginary scenario, where it’s like the next big tournament, I don’t think he has that time to get the confidence back.”