Murray: "Djokovic always makes the right choice in decisive moments"

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Murray: "Djokovic always makes the right choice in decisive moments"

Novak Djokovic's 2021 is set to go down in history as an extraordinary year, although the Serbian champion failed to put the icing on the cake at the US Open. After winning the first three Slams of the season, the world number 1 also reached the final in New York, where he was blocked by tension and fatigue.

Just one step away from the finish line, the 34-year-old from Belgrade succumbed clearly under the blows of Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Should he triumph in the Big Apple, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is almost certain to finish 2021 at the top of the ATP ranking, thanks to the premature elimination of Medvedev in the Indian Wells Masters 1000. One of the reasons Djokovic manages to come out victorious in the most difficult situations is his ability to make the right decision at the right time.

After the defeat to Alexander Zverev in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, Andy Murray was asked to name the player with the best decision-making ability.

Murray praises Novak Djokovic

The Scot said: "Novak Djokovic is probably the best in the world when it comes to making the right decision in times of greatest tension.

Nole is able to make the right choice more frequently than other tennis players. I would say that Daniil Medvedev comes immediately behind him, being a very intelligent player from every point of view." The 3-times Slam champion believes that the decision-making process depends a lot on the player's confidence at the time.

He said: "If you do not feel your shots well and you are not sure how the ball will come out of your racket, that indecision is created that can be very expensive. A fraction of a second is enough for a winner to turn into a mistake."

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray clashed 36 times on the ATP Tour, with Nole winning on 25 occasions. Murray triumphed in two Slam finals against the Serb: at the US Open 2012 and at Wimbledon 2013. Andy won also Wimbledon 2016 by beating Milos Raonic in the final.