Speaking about the Australian Open final, Andy Murray said that he expected a closer battle once he saw the result. Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes to secure the 18th Major title and extend his Melbourne Park dominance with the ninth title in the previous 14 years!
In Murray's opinion, the upcoming stars are not close to Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. They can't handle the pressure of big matches, something the most outstanding players have been doing for over 15 years. Murray reminded that Thiem won the US Open, but he also thinks the outcome would have been different had Novak Djokovic didn't get defaulted after hitting the lineswoman with the ball.
Djokovic got defaulted for the first time in a career against Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round. The three-time champion had the opening set in his hands, serving well and creating four break chances at 4-3 and 5-4. Pablo fended off three set points at 4-5, gathered momentum and stole Novak's serve in game 11 to move 6-5 in front.
Angry at himself, Novak accidentally slammed the ball into the lineswoman, knocked her on the floor and left the tournament. Djokovic competed on a very high level in the opening nine games, delivering one good hold after another and creating a break chance in the eighth game.
Carreno Busta saved it to remain in touch, facing an even more significant task behind the initial shot at 4-5. Djokovic had three set points up for grabs at 40-0, losing the next five points and slamming the ball in anger.
Andy Murray believes that Novak Djokovic would have won the last year's US Open.
The momentum had switched to the Spaniard's side, who opened a 30-0 lead in the 11th game, with Djokovic taking a medical timeout for the left should injury following a nasty fall.
Carreno Busta broke Djokovic at 15 to forge a 6-5 advantage before Novak sent that ball that had cost him a chance of fighting for the 18th Major crown, hitting the lineswoman and leaving the court after a couple of minutes spent in conversation with the officials.
"I didn't watch any Australian Open match because I wanted to be there myself. It was a struggle; I stopped following all the players I follow on social media and stuff because I didn't want to see any Melbourne action.
I expected the final to be closer, to be honest. I also know how good Novak is in Melbourne; he was highly motivated and really played well. Before the match, Medvedev spoke about the pressure on Novak's shoulders. Still, those guys from the top have been dealing with immense pressure for their entire careers, and they know how to overcome it and play at their best when it matters the most.
In my opinion, the younger players are not close to them. Dominic Thiem did steal the US Open crown, but if Novak hadn't put a ball through the lineswoman's throat, I think the outcome would be the same," Andy Murray said.