Novak Djokovic shows Andy Murray respect ahead of Madrid meeting



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Novak Djokovic shows Andy Murray respect ahead of Madrid meeting

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic shared some strong words about Andy Murray as he called him a tennis legend and one of the most important names in the game. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, sustained a hip injury in 2017 and he required two major surgeries to fix the problem.

Murray, who now plays with a metal hip, is far from his old game and he hasn't a strong Masters or Grand Slam run since 2017. Still, Murray is trying and giving his absolute best as he is still holding hope that he could win another big title.

This week in Madrid, Murray saw off 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem in straight sets. On Tuesday, Murray clinched another notable win as he defeated 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov. As a reward for his victories over Thiem and Shapovalov, Murray gets a shot at world No.

1 Djokovic:

Djokovic: Murray left his mark in the history of our sport

"Well, I have seen a few of his matches, actually I saw some of his match from last night with Dominic. He's moving well, playing better and better.

It's really fantastic to see, because he's an important player for our game," Djokovic said of Murray, per Sportskeeda. "He's made his mark in the history of our sport by winning multiple slams and gold medals and No.

1 of the world. He's one of the most important names that we have." Djokovic and Murray are set to clash against each other for the first time since 2017 Doha final. Djokovic has a 25-11 head-to-head versus Murray.

"To have him still compete is great, and to have him even play at the high level as the time goes by is impressive, considering the surgery and what he has been through in the last few years," Djokovic added. "His resilience and fighting spirit is really inspiring."