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 my age – you see that they haven’t had the slightest drop compared to 5-6 years ago.
From that point of view, I fell.” The three-time Grand Slam champion then analyzed his performance against Matteo Berrettini: “I served badly for most of the game, it only got better in the third set. He served very well and scored a lot of 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 went into a bad spin on my serve and the momentum was back on his side. In any case, I played well against one of the best in the world.
I can be satisfied with the level I have expressed. I’ll try to do even better in the future.” The big three had the ability to remain at the highest level even after 30 years. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic continue to contest the most important titles and have shared the top three Slams of the season .
The Spaniard has indeed won the Australian Open and Roland Garros despite nagging foot pain that had fueled the specter of retirement. For his part, the Serb has had several issues related to his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
At the Australian Open and the US Open, the former world number one had to give up for this reason and lost many positions in the ATP rankings.
Djokovic missed the Australian Open and the US Open
Journalist Ben Rothenberg painted a bleak picture of Novak Djokovic’s prospects in the near future given the Serb’s lack of match practice.
“If that were the case, I would actually prefer Alcaraz to Djokovic at this point, I think, because I just don’t think Djokovic has the match prep,” Rothenberg said during the Match Point podcast on tennis majors.
“I’ve seen how slowly he’s come back to the clay court season this year when he didn’t play against Indian Wells and Miami,” Rothenberg said. “He got off to a very slow start on clay and we’ll see. I think he will play some European tournaments this autumn.
I would imagine he’ll get some matches. But in this imaginary scenario, which is like the next big tournament, I don’t think he has time to regain confidence.”