Andy Murray believes Novak Djokovic may have lost a little of his mental edge in recent weeks, but he does not believe it signals any kind of decline.
Djokovic has had another fine season on the ATP Tour, adding to his Grand Slam count, winning multiple Masters, and finishing the season as the number one for a record-equalling sixth time.
His last two tournaments have been a disappointment, though, as he was defeated by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna and then lost two of his four matches at the ATP Finals.
Murray, though, thinks it can be put down to the Serbian being a little mentally jaded, and that is something to which we can all relate in 2020.
“I’ve been through that at times through my career where mentally you’re not totally there and totally focused that one of the things that goes can be the shot selection in the important moments,” Murray told Gael Monfils on Twitch.
“The slightly wrong choices in the wrong moment… That’s the thing that Novak over his whole career but especially the last five, six years – he’s been better than anyone at that.
“Very rarely chooses the wrong option or wrong shot. Making the wrong choices – that’s not something you’d associate with him.
“This week [at the ATP Finals] and maybe through the French Open a bit, for me, as well, in the final it felt like he was trying to shorten the points quite a lot and then the same this week.”
Despite recent results, Murray has once again urged people to remember that the only reason Djokovic is judged by these unrealistically high stands is because of how much he has achieved.
“Sometimes with those guys we need to give them a bit of a break,” he said.
“You can’t win every week, you can’t play your best every week and mentally you can’t always be perfect so yeah, it’s been another good year for him but maybe he didn’t finish it as well as he liked.”
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