Andy Murray picks Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for ‘right decisions’

Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other

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Andy Murray named Novak Djokovic as the greatest ‘decision maker’ he has ever come up against. The former world number one has played against the likes of the Serbian, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at their peak and competed at the top of the rankings for the better part of a decade.

During a press conference at the ongoing Indian Wells, the 34-year-old was asked which opponent tends to make the best choices when selecting their shots, and his answer did not come as a surprise.

He said: “I mean, I’d probably say, Novak. As I would say in important situations for the most part I would say he would’ve made the right decision more often than most players I would say right now.

“I’d say Medvedev’s right up there, I think he’s a very smart player.

“A lot of that comes with confidence and how you’re feeling about your game and your shots.”

Murray was speaking about Djokovic following his 6-4 7-6(4) defeat against world No 4 Alexander Zverev.

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The three-time grand slam champion lead in both sets but was unable to close them out, which he he assessed after the match.

“I’m not saying he played great either, but I don’t think I played well today. There were a lot of mistakes,” he began.

“There was some good stuff in there, but it was mixed in with bad. There was no consistency I don’t think. My average level was just not really there today. It was either good or bad. Yeah, I wouldn’t put that down as playing really well.

“The positive for me to take from it is I obviously had opportunities again. Yeah, I mean, I guess that’s positive. I didn’t feel like I played a great match and still had chances, so that’s positive.

“But, yeah, I’m disappointed because, I mean, I obviously want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the last few months. Yeah, something needs to change.”

Furthermore, ahead of the 2022 Australia Open, Murray encouraged Djokovic and other tennis stars to get fully vaccinated after crashing out in Indian Wells.

The three-time grand slam champion backed plans for mandatory double jabs to enter the tour’s first Grand Slam of the year in January.

“It would be great if more players got vaccinated,” he said.

“I’d rather focus on the tennis. We’re concentrating on the vaccine a lot because a lot of the players haven’t taken it yet.’ 

“My understanding is if you’re unvaccinated you’re still allowed to play, it’s just the rules are going to be different, and that’s understandable.

“My understanding of the virus is that you’re significantly more likely to catch the virus if you’re unvaccinated, and you’re also more likely to pass it on, as well.”

Murray has opted to skip the upcoming Davis Cup, believing he doesn’t deserve a spot on the team and wants to rest and recover for the remainder of his season with next year’s Australian Open in mind.

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