Andy Murray believes that Novak Djokovic was not as focused during the latter half of the season and needs a bit of a break.
Current World No. 1, Novak Djokovic faced Austrian Dominic Theim in the first semi-final clash of the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 at the O2 in London. The latter was adjudged the winner in the nail-biting encounter lasting about three hours.
Andy Murray, London 2012 Summer Olympic Gold medalist, sharing his thoughts about Novak Djokovic said that his shots were a bit unexpected in the latter half of the tournaments, especially in the French Open and ATP Finals 2020.
He also lauded the 17 times Grand Slam Champion, for showing his poor yet best form and pushing the opponents to their limits in the prestigious event.
Murray speaking to Gael Monfils in a Twitch chat said, “This week and maybe through French Open a bit, for me, as well, in the final, it felt like he was trying to shorten the points quite a lot and then the same this week.”
“Sometimes, with those guys, we need to give them a bit of a break. You can’t win every week, you can’t play your best every week & mentally you can’t always be perfect so yeah, it’s been another good year for him, but maybe he didn’t finish it as well as he liked,” he concluded.
Former World No.1 Murray expected Djokovic to be the favourite to win the tournament but, Thiem stopped his dream run in last but one encounter.
Novak Djokovic: The Ups and Downs of 2020
Novak Djokovic had an excellent start to the season winning as many titles he could during the pre-pandemic outrage. He started it with a win against Nadal in the ATP Cup in both Men’s Singles & Doubles.
He went on to win the Australian Open and Dubai Open against Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tistispas respectively later during the pre-pandemic breakout.
Novak returned to the season post the pandemic restrictions at Cincinnati Masters with a win over Canadian, Milos Raonic. In the prestigious US Open, he was eliminated owing to default against the line judge.
World No.1 outclassed Diego Schwartzman in the finals of the Italian Open. In the French Open, Vienna Open, and recently concluded ATP Final’s tournaments he failed to lift the winners’ trophy.