Following his loss in the French Open final, Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic deserves credit for what he has accomplished in winning the Career Grand Slam and the Nole Slam.
“What Novak achieved today is something extremely special, and a lot of people would have wanted to have seen that and been a part of that,” Murray said Sunday. ‘He deserves the support he gets.”
Murray also added that with Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and other players, the game is as strong and deep as ever.
“Such a rare thing to have happened, and obviously the depth in the game just now is strong,” said Murray. “Some people may think differently, but the level of tennis I think is pretty high now and something you probably won’t see for a long, long time.”
And the fact he is part of that generation has left him with two Grand Slam wins in 10 finals.
“Obviously the guys I have been around the last few years have made things difficult for me,” he said. “I have been close-ish to winning all of the slams now and, you know, unfortunately all of them have done it instead.
“But I guess I’ve got a few more years to try and do that. I think when I finish I will be more proud of my achievements maybe. None of the big events I have won have I done it without beating one of those guys, you know, or a couple of them.”
Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013, now turns his attention to what he hopes will be a fruitful grass season which begins for him next week in Queen’s.
“I have played some of my best tennis on clay, for sure, over the last few weeks and definitely last couple of years,” Murray said. “Hopefully that translates well onto the grass, which is a surface that comes way, way more natural to me.”
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