Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray cites Novak Djokovic on the difference between good and great players

Andy Murray referred to Novak Djokovic to make a point about what elevates players from being good to being the very best. 

The Brit claimed the biggest win of his season in Stockholm by overcoming world number 10 and tournament top seed Jannik Sinner.

Following the win, Murray spoke about how he  prides himself on being able to adapt his game to each opponent he faces.

“The thing that is difficult about tennis is that you can come up with a game plan, having watched whoever it is you are about to play on video,” Murray explained in his post-match press conference.

“But then they may come out and do something completely different like [Djokovic] did in the final against Medvedev when he was losing.

“I’m sure [Medvedev and his coach] didn’t prepare for [Djokovic] to be serve and volleying as much as he did.”

Djokovic won 27 of 36 net points in the Paris Masters final (75%). He came to the net nearly three times as often as Medvedev, who won nine of 13 points at the net (69%).

Moreover, while Djokovic is generally expected to win more of the longer rallies, the opposite was true that day.

The Serb won 54 of 89 points when the rally was four shots or fewer (61%), while Medvedev won 21 of 38 when the rally was nine shots or more (55%).

“So you need to be able to adjust on the court and be able to think for yourself out there,” Murray continued.

“And that’s the difference a lot of the time between the good players and the great players – they are able to adapt and adjust during the match.”


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