Andy Murray Cites Novak Djokovic’s Example to Explain the Difference Between ‘Good and Great Players’

Published 11/11/2021, 2:08 PM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practice match ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Andy Murray recently defeated Jannik Sinner in the pre-quarters of the Stockholm Open 2021. The British player crushed him in straight sets and didn’t give him any chance. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 6-3.

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Andy Murray has played quite a lot of tournaments after the US Open 2021. Even though he hasn’t yet gone the distance in any of them, he is trying hard to uplift himself in the ATP Rankings.

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Andy Murray takes the example of Novak Djokovic for explaining his change of game plan against Jannik Sinner

In the post-match press conference, Murray highlighted that he changed his game plan against Sinner so that the Italian couldn’t anticipate or predict anything. He took the reference of Novak Djokovic and explained that nobody expected the Serbian to advance down the court and rely himself on volleys during his match against Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters final between the two.

“You know you can come up with a game plan, having watched whoever you are about to play but then they come out and do something completely different like Novak did in the final against Medvedev when he was losing. You know, I’m sure they didn’t prepare for Novak to be serving volleys as much as he did,” said Murray.

Djokovic lost the first set of the final in Paris to Medvedev 4-6, which would have sent him back to the US Open final where Nole lost all three sets with the same scoreline. However, he made an incredible comeback in the next two sets and clinched the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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“Need to be able to adjust on the court”- Andy Murray

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In the same press conference, Murray explained the difference between good and great tennis players. He stated that those who adapt and adjust themselves in any conditions eventually turn out to be phenomenal players.

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

“You know, so you need to be able to adjust on the court and be able to think for yourself out there. That’s the difference a lot of the times between the good players and the great players. They are able to adapt and adjust them during the match,” added the 3-time Grand Slam champion.

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Andy Murray is currently going against Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open 2021. They’ve both won a set each and are battling hard for the third. Will the Scot emerge victorious?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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