Andy Murray says he has ‘in principle’ no likelihood of beating Novak Djokovic

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Andy Murray is relishing a primary assembly with Novak Djokovic in over 5 years after beating Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in three units on the Madrid Open.

Murray overcame world quantity 14 Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2 in two hours and 9 minutes to arrange a last-16 match in opposition to previous foe and world primary Djokovic.

The rivals have recognized one another since they had been youngsters and faced-off 36 instances of their skilled careers, however Murray mentioned: ‘He’s the world primary and I’ve obtained a steel hip! 

Andy Murray is relishing a primary assembly with Novak Djokovic in over 5 years in Madrid 

The Brit said he should have 'in theory' no chance of beating the Serb with a metal hip

The Brit mentioned he ought to have ‘in principle’ no likelihood of beating the Serb with a steel hip 

‘I didn’t know I’d get alternatives to play matches like this once more. In principle I shouldn’t have an opportunity within the match.

‘However I’ve labored my hardest, put myself in an incredible place and it’s a unbelievable alternative to play in opposition to him once more on a giant courtroom in an enormous event.’

The 34-year-old Scot, who marked his return to clay for the primary time in two years in Madrid with a straight-sets win in opposition to Dominic Thiem within the first spherical, proved too robust for Shapovalov within the deciding set.

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Murray raced into an early lead, breaking Shapovalov’s serve twice on his strategy to taking the opening set in 36 minutes.

The British quantity three, behind Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans within the home rankings, heaped extra stress on Shapovalov’s serve within the fifth sport of the second set.

Murray overcame world number 14 Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes

Murray overcame world quantity 14 Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2 in two hours and 9 minutes

However Murray squandered two break factors and was damaged for the primary time within the match within the subsequent sport to path 5-2 earlier than Shapovalov served out to degree at one set all after one hour and 25 minutes of play.

The deciding set went with serve till the fifth sport, earlier than Murray seized on his first break level of the set to edge forward 4-2.

The Scot, presently 78th within the ATP rankings, held once more for 5-2 and went 40-0 forward on Shapovalov’s serve earlier than sealing one other spectacular win on his third match level.

‘I educated very onerous the previous 4 or 5 weeks and obtained my sport in fine condition,’ Murray mentioned of his efficiency post-match.

‘My motion has been so significantly better than the place it was at first of the 12 months and it makes an enormous distinction to my entire sport.

‘It permits me to make totally different choices on the courtroom. My motion received me that match tonight. I defended so many factors.

‘(Shapovalov) has a lot energy and I managed to defend plenty of factors and that received the match for me, so I used to be actually proud of that.’

Murray reversed his determination to skip your entire clay-court season after being handed a wild card for Madrid and 4 weeks of coaching on the floor seems to have paid dividends.

Murray has not performed Djokovic for the reason that Qatar Open in January 2017, when the Briton was world primary. The Serbian received in three units.

Djokovic recommended the Scot on his willpower to return to type after twice present process hip surgical procedure – first in 2018 after which once more in 2019 when his ache continued.

The Serb informed the ATP Tour web site: ‘(Murray is) shifting nicely, enjoying higher and higher. It’s actually unbelievable to see, as a result of he’s an vital participant for our sport.

Djokovic praised the Brit on his determination to return after twice undergoing hip surgery

Djokovic praised the Brit on his willpower to return after twice present process hip surgical procedure

‘He’s made his mark within the historical past of our sport by profitable a number of Slams and gold medals and (reaching) No. 1 of the world. He’s probably the most vital names that we’ve.

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‘To have him nonetheless compete is nice, and to have him even play at (a) excessive degree because the time goes by is spectacular, contemplating the surgical procedure and what he has been by prior to now few years. His resilience and combating spirit is basically inspiring.’

Djokovic beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3 6-2 in his second-round match after being handed a bye within the opening spherical.



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