Andy Murray celebrates at Wimbledon Djokovic

Andy Murray: ‘Next Gen don’t share work ethic with me, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer’

Andy Murray has identified passion and work ethic as common factors in the success of the ‘Big Four’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and himself.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray also questioned whether younger ATP players have the same work ethic and approach as the ‘Big Four’.

The 34-year-old will face 10th seed Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Wimbledon today.

The current world No. 118 is playing as a wildcard in his first singles appearance at the All England Club since 2017.

“Yes, I think passion is a common factor [between Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and himself],” Murray said in an interview with La Nacion.

“I think there is also a common work ethic and approach that maybe other younger players don’t have in the same way.”

The Brit also spoke of the experience of winning the first of his two Wimbledon titles in 2013 – after defeating Djokovic in the final.

“Actually, it was a really surreal moment for me. Winning Wimbledon was what I worked for my whole life, so to have achieved that goal felt really strange,” Murray added.

“I don’t remember much about the match or the immediate aftermath because I think I was pretty dazed, so in the days afterwards I just tried to reflect on what had happened.

“I found I enjoyed the 2016 win more because I made sure I took stock of what was going on and enjoyed the moment more.”

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