Andy Murray has defended Novak Djokovic after Gael Monfils questioned the Serbian’s ‘shape and motivation’ following his Vienna loss.
Djokovic went to Vienna needing just two wins to secure the year-end world number one spot, and as soon as he did he then lost to lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego.
It was, by Djokovic’s standards, a desperately poor performance, and it was referenced by Monfils in his chat live-streamed with Murray. The Brit, though, was having none of it.
“Just quickly on the motivation or Novak’s shape,” Murray interjected. “You have to remember sometimes what these guys – Roger [Federer], Novak and Rafa [Nadal] – achieve.
“There’s so few things that they maybe haven’t done or a few things that their legacy depends on. These are the sort of events that are important to that.
“I know some of the other tournaments on the tour – they’re still important events but in terms of their motivation and their drive and their focus, these events: the tour finals, the Grand Slams, the Masters, if you ask them I’m sure they’re the events they’ll say they want to peak for and win.
“So I think both of those guys [Nadal and Djokovic] will be extremely motivated this week [at the ATP Finals].”
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