Andy Murray believes that Novak Djokovic hasn’t been completely mentally centered on the finish of his season however says he deserves a ‘bit of a break’ from criticism after a slender defeat to Dominic Thiem.
Murray, the previous world No. 1 from Dunblane, had backed present No. 1 Djokovic to win the ATP Finals however he was stopped in his tracks within the semi-finals by an impressed Thiem.
Thiem, who faces Daniil Medvedev in Sunday night time’s remaining, had 4 matches within the second set however Djokovic clawed his method again into the competition and led 4-Zero in a deciding set tiebreak.
Unfortunately for the Serb, Thiem didn’t roll over and received the following six factors earlier than clinching a well-known 7-5 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) win.
Murray thinks Djokovic’s shot decisions have been slightly awry within the latter levels of the season – notably on the French Open and once more this week on the O2 – and questioned how mentally tuned in he’s been.
However, he additionally identified that this was removed from a poor week for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who remains to be pushing the world’s greatest gamers all the way in which and going deep in tournaments even when he’s not completely on his sport.
‘I think that’s one of many issues – I’ve been via that at occasions via my profession the place mentally you’re not completely there and completely centered that one of many issues that goes may be the shot choice within the essential moments,’ stated Murray in a Twitch chat with Gael Monfils. ‘The barely flawed decisions within the flawed second.
‘That’s the factor that Novak over his entire profession however esepcially the final 5, six years – he’s been higher than anybody at that. Very not often chooses the flawed choice or flawed shot. Making the flawed decisions – that’s not one thing you’d affiliate with him.
‘This week and possibly via the French Open a bit, for me, as nicely, within the remaining it felt like he was making an attempt to shorten the factors quite a bit after which the identical this week.
‘I didn’t see that a lot of the match towards Zverev however positively towards Medvedev and slightly bit at present [vs Thiem] as nicely.
‘But still, he put himself in a position to win the match against someone who’s taking part in unbelievably nicely.
‘I believe as a result of everybody: the gamers, media, Novak himself, ex-players, no matter… we now have such excessive expectations for him that dropping within the semi-finals 7-6 within the third when 4-Zero up within the tiebreak is taken into account not an excellent end result however for each different participant just about on tour, that will be a very, actually good week.
‘Sometimes with those guys we need to give them a bit of a break. You can’t win each week, you’ll be able to’t play your greatest each week and mentally you’ll be able to’t at all times be excellent so yeah, it’s been one other good yr for him however possibly he didn’t end it in addition to he appreciated.’
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