Andy Murray feels he and Novak Djokovic are at their best when they are emotionally engaged on the court. Murray, 36, is a three-time Grand Slam champion and he has never been shying away from showing positive or negative emotions on the court.
On the other side, Djokovic is a record 23-time Grand Slam champion but also tends to sometimes get frustrated or annoyed and openly display it on the court. In one of his interviews from last year, Murray said he "likes feeling nervous" because that means you care.
"For me, and I think I would say I'm more like Novak in that sense is that my feeling is that he plays his best when he's showing, like, you know, his emotion. Positively or negatively, he's getting it out there. I feel like that's the same with me, but I just need to be careful that it doesn't go too flat or too much energy getting used up by getting frustrated after every point or getting too pumped up after every point.
That's when it can become a problem," Murray said via Tennis Now.
Murray says finding the right balance is the key
When emotions are involved, it's easy to overreact or overdo certain things. Because of that, Murray knows extremely well that it's important to find the right balance so he doesn't lose his focus or composure on the court.
"It's just trying to get the balance right for me. So I have played matches, not many, where I have said nothing during the match (smiling). I have often, my coaches or my team have said to me, like, What was up today? You seemed very flat on the court.
That's, for me, when it goes the other way, you know, I don't get the most out of myself, if I'm not saying anything or I'm not reacting, like, positively or negatively to points," Murray said.
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