Andy Murray has warned that Novak Djokovic cannot be underestimated or written off just because he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic, 36, is still a very strong force in the game but Alcaraz delivered a courageous performance to beat the seven-time Wimbledon champion in this year’s final at The Championships.
By beating Djokovic, Alcaraz became the first player to beat the Serb at Wimbledon since 2017 and also the first player to beat him on the Centre Court at The Championships since 2013. After Alcaraz’s win over Djokovic, some started saying it signaled the start of a new era.
Murray agrees that win might have been the start of a new era but warned Djokovic cannot be written off already.
Murray: Unfair to write off Djokovic already
“It would be very unfair to write Novak Djokovic off already. You could argue it’s the start of a new era [Carlos Alcaraz beating Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon final].
Andy Murray says it’s unfair to write Djokovic off:
“It would be very unfair to write Novak off already. You could argue that Alcaraz beating him at Wimbledon is the start of a new era. But Novak has won 2 of the 3 Slams this year & was a few points away from winning the 3rd.” pic.twitter.com/pqOgWQL2ao
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) August 6, 2023
But Djokovic has won two of the three grand slams this year and was a few points away from winning the third,” Murray said, via The Tennis Letter.
After suffering a five-set loss to Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic said he would love to play the Spaniard again in the US Open final.”I would hope so, for my sake (smiling).
He’s going to be on the tour for quite some time. I don’t know how long I’ll be around. Yeah, I mean, let’s see. It’s been only three matches that we played against each other. Three really close matches. Two already this year in later stages of Grand Slams.
Yeah, I hope we get to play in US Open. Why not? I think it’s good for the sport, 1 and 2 in the world facing each other in almost a five-hours, five-set thriller. Couldn’t be better for our sport in general, so why not?” Djokovic said after losing the Wimbledon final to Alcaraz.