Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has acknowledged that Novak Djokovic isn’t slowing down despite his age.
Djokovic, 34, has had a huge 2021 season, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Djokovic has also broken the record for most weeks spent as world No. 1 and now he is aiming to win the US Open and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
Injuries have taken a toll on Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but Djokovic is still as dominant as ever.
“If you look at his game you see that he has improved a lot over the years, he has become more complete, he plays well on all surfaces, he has incredible service and he is the best returned of all time. His movement and athleticism is something that would stand out from other players, something that perhaps we already saw when he was young. That flexibility and those things he does, how he defends on each ball is what sets his apart from the others. It’s not that Roger or Rafa don’t defend well, but it’s more the way he moves, how he slides towards his backhand, how he controls the court,” Murray said of Djokovic.
Murray set to play at the US Open
Murray, who received a wild card into the US Open, is set to take on No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opener at Flushing Meadows.
This week, Murray suffered a second round defeat to Frences Tiafoe at the Winston-Salem Open.
“The positive thing is that I moved well and served well but my level is up and down with no real consistency,” Murray said after the Tiafoe loss. “There are moments in matches where I play well and then I make mistakes or miss returns. I wish I wasn’t doing that.
“My level is around 50 or 60 in the world. It’s frustrating because if wasn’t moving great and not feeling good physically then I would be a bit easier on myself. But when I’m winning a low percentage of second-serve points, that’s got nothing to do with the physical side of things.”