Novak Djokovic makes interesting Andy Murray comment after Brit’s teary farewell – ‘I wouldn’t be surprised’

Shahida Jacobs
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray hugging
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray hug during the Brit's farewell

Novak Djokovic was part of an emotional Wimbledon farewell tribute for Andy Murray and, while he admitted that it was “sad” that the Brit was not able to bow out on his own terms, he suggested we could see him Murray play again in future.

There were tears aplenty on Centre Court on Thursday evening as Andy and his brother Jamie bowed out of the men’s doubles in the first round with the brothers’ mother Judy and father William, as well Andy’s wife Kim and eldest daughters Sophia and Edie in attendance.

At the conclusion of the match, a ceremony was held in the two-time Wimbledon champion’s honour and several high-profile players including Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer paid tribute in a special video.

Djokovic and women’s No 1 Iga Swiatek were also among those who were on the court to say goodbye to Murray, who was ruled out of the singles following surgery to remove a spinal cyst.

Murray is still due to play in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon alongside Emma Raducanu, but he has confirmed his farewell tournament will be at the Paris Olympics.

Djokovic was asked about his memories of playing with Murray and replied: “The first time I met Andy, I was 12. We go very long back. We were never too close on the tour because it’s difficult, you’re rivals. We always had tremendous respect for each other, shared the stage, so to say, for many, many years.

“I think there is only maybe one week difference in age. Our trajectory to the professional tour and top of the men’s game is pretty similar. I mean, not much was separating our careers.

“We played some incredible matches all over the world, finals of different Grand Slams – all Grand Slams actually. I played him in finals of all Grand Slams, which I think maybe could be the only player I faced in the finals of all Grand Slams. Maybe Rafa. I’m not sure.

“He’s definitely one of the three guys, other than Roger and Rafa, that really has impacted my career and my growth as a tennis player a lot.”

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The 24-time Grand Slam winner, though, admitted he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the three-time Grand Slam winner does make a comeback.

He added:”If this is his last match, obviously it’s sad that he’s not able to finish on his own terms in singles. Playing alongside his brother is probably even more emotional for everyone – for them, for the family, for this tournament, for the tennis in general.

“I do wish him all the best in his farewell. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides to come back again. He’s an incredible competitor. Resilience that you can definitely study and teach young athletes.”