Andy Murray Says Dominic Thiem Wouldn’t Have Won US Open if Novak Djokovic Hadn’t Been Defaulted

Published 02/23/2021, 4:41 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina


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’ vs the ‘Next-Gen’ debate.

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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’.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during his Men’s Singles first-round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“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, and he believes that they need to improve a lot in order to win a Grand Slam title.

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Andy Murray believes that Thiem wouldn’t have won the US Open 2020 if Djokovic had stayed

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 probably have won it had he stayed in the tournament.

Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after beating him on Day 7 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 21, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

“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.

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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 in 2021?

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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 500 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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