‘Novak Djokovic critics should have already been silenced,’ says Andy Murray

Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic will not have silenced any critics with his latest Australian Open win, because he shouldn’t have any.

The Serbian won his ninth title in Melbourne last month, an achievement put into context by remembering that he is now more dominant at the Australian Open than Roger Federer is at Wimbledon.

Djokovic went into the tournament being heavily, and unfairly, criticised in Australia for what was reported in the press as ‘demands’ he made during the mandatory quarantine.

When asked if the win in Australia will have silenced Djokovic’s critics, Murray says that should have happened a long time ago regardless.

“It was a great win for Novak, and it showed that he is still at the top of his game,” Murray told Sportskeeda.

“To win a tournament eight times (as he had already done) is an amazing achievement, and it should have [already] silenced all of his critics.”

Asked what makes Djokovic and rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer so tough to beat, he says the edge they have is mostly mental.

“With any great player, I think it’s a mix of incredible talent, mental strength, single-minded focus, determination and a lot of hard work,” Murray told Sportskeeda.

“They’ve all got good teams around them too which really helps.

“I also think that because tennis is such a mental game, the experience they have is a big factor now too.

“They are able to draw on that against the younger players, and (thus) still dominate the game.”

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