Andy Murray: ‘In theory I should have no chance in Novak Djokovic match’

Andy Murray says he should ‘not have a chance’ of beating Novak Djokovic, but he is relishing the opportunity to face him again.

Murray beat Denis Shapovalov at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday to set up the clash with his former rival – which will be their first meeting in five years due to the Scotsman’s injury problems.

Confidence is clearly high in the Murray camp following his impressive 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 dismissal of Shapovalov, but he knows he will be the obvious underdog when he renews his rivalry with Djokovic.

“In theory I should have no chance in the match,” Murray said.

“He’s obviously No. 1 in the world [and] I’m playing with a metal hip, so I shouldn’t have a chance in the match.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to see where my game’s at and to play against him again.

“We’ve had so many great battles over the years in some of the biggest tournaments in the world.

“We played in the final I think of all four Grand Slams, we played here in the final, and I haven’t had that opportunity to play against him for a long time.

“Didn’t know if I ever would get that chance, so I’ll enjoy it, I’ll have a fantastic attitude in the match, give it my best and see where I’m at.”

Murray had to come through a drop in energy levels during the second set against Shapovalov, but he felt his movement had ultimately won him the match.

“I trained very hard the past four or five weeks and got my game in good shape,” Andy Murray said.

“My movement has been so much better than where it was at the beginning of the year and it makes a huge difference to my whole game.

“It allows me to make different decisions on the court. My movement won me that match tonight. I defended so many points.

“He has so much power and I managed to defend lots of points and that won the match for me, so I was really happy with that.”

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