Both Andy Murray and Roger Federer talked about Novak Djokovic’s loss Thursday to Denis Istomin.
Q. Do you feel any less pressure now that the defending champion is out or do you not take much notice of that?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, for me, it doesn’t change anything unless I was to potentially reach the final, because I can’t play Novak in the fourth round or in the third round. Don’t worry about that really.
Obviously, if you’re to get to the final, then it has an effect. A lot of the times when I’ve been in the final here, I’ve played against him. Had some tough ones.
I wasn’t scheduled to play Novak today, so my job’s to concentrate on Sam and to go into that match with a clear head and a good game plan and try to play well. I did that.
Q. What was your reaction when you saw the result? Amazement? Surprise?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, obviously surprised. Novak’s record here speaks for itself. He’s had incredible success here over the years. He obviously loves the conditions.
I don’t know, maybe after the first set, it was a pretty long, tough first set, maybe you expect Istomin’s level to drop a bit.
But I didn’t see any of the match really. I saw like three, four points. I don’t know exactly what happened. But, yeah, obviously surprised.
Q. What were your thoughts about the Djokovic loss yesterday? Did you expect anything happening like that?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I didn’t see it coming. I mean, I love Denis. He’s the nicest guy. He’s got a lot of fans in the locker room because he’s always super sweet and everything. Great player, good shot-maker. I didn’t see this one coming.
I’m happy for Denis. It’s a tough one for Novak. Until the very, very end, I still believed that Novak was going to turn it around, like everybody else.
Yeah, it’s why we love live sports. It’s why we watch it. It’s why people come to the stadium, people watch it on the TV. You just don’t know the outcome. Even though the odds are crazy in somebody’s favor, there’s always the chance for the big upset. That’s why I’m a big sportsfan. Voila.
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