Despite his many incredible successes on the Tour, world number one Novak Djokovic has never enjoyed the same public recognition as that reserved for his archrivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both absent at the upcoming US Open in New York.
A situation that has often made the Serbian nervous, which has helped keep him away from crowd participation. Having already won the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon this year, Djokovic is just a US Open title away from becoming the first man in more than 50 years to achieve the Calendar Grand Slam.
If the Serb triumphs at Flushing Meadows, he will emulate Don Budge and Rod Laver, the only other men to have pulled off this feat.
Murray talks about Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray will lock horns with third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a marquee first-round encounter at the 2021 US Open.
And ahead of the big clash, Murray was seen practicing on the courts with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Billie Jean King Centre. "Yeah, like if you look at his game over the years, the things he's improved, he's turned himself into a complete player," Murray said.
"He plays great on all surfaces. He has an underrated serve. He's the best returner of all time. I think his movement and his athleticism is something that maybe would stand him out from other players, maybe something you could have seen when he was younger," Murray continued.
Murray added that Djokovic can slide into his shots even on hardcourts, effectively shrinking the playing area for his opponents. "He had, like, unbelievable flexibility and stuff, was able to defend the corners extremely well," Murray said.
"Not that Roger and Rafa don't defend very well, but it's more the way that Novak moves, it's quite different. The way he can slide into his backhand like even on hard courts and stuff, he shrinks the court that way."
Reacting to a ‘confident’ admission from the ‘G.O.A.T’, legendary coach Patrick Mouratoglou has offered his two cents. Patrick Mouratoglou is best known for his mentorship to Serena Williams. Having tasted an endless amount of glory alongside her, safe to say, he knows a thing or two about the game.
He recently expressed his thoughts over Novak Djokovic’s comments ahead of his Calendar Grand Slam hunt. When asked about his feeling over the possibility of achieving the mind-blowing feat, Novak backed himself with exuberant confidence.
Commenting on the same, Patrick said, “Watch out the thin line between confidence and over confidence. Confidence is constructive, but over confidence can be destructive”.