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Andy Murray: I want Djokovic to win French Open

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

The two-time Wimbledon Champion and former world number one said he wasn't surprised by Carlos Alcaraz's cramping issues in his semi-final with Novak Djokovic, attributing the injury to "nerves." Murray said it would be "amazing" if his Serbian rival clinched a 23rd Grand Slam.

Andy Murray has said he will be "supporting" Novak Djokovic in Sunday's French Open final against Casper Ruud.

Speaking after his quarter-final win at the Surbiton Challenger having opted not to play at Roland Garros, Murray lauded his Serbian rival's achievements within the sport, with Djokovic on the verge of winning a record-breaking 23rd Slam.

"It would be amazing to see him do it [win the French Open] on Sunday," Murray told reporters. "I'll be supporting him. I hope he can do it because it's incredible what he's done."

How many Slams will Djokovic win?

  • 22

  • 23-24

  • 25+

Experience the difference

Murray was in action at the Challenger at the same time as Djokovic was playing Carlos Alcaraz in Friday's semi-final in Paris, but despite not watching the match at Roland Garros, Murray felt he knew what the difference was between the two players on Philippe Chatrier.

"Alcaraz is obviously going to win multiple Slams [but] from my experience I know when you're coming up against guys who have won 10 or 20 Grand Slams, in the semi-finals or finals, it is different to competing against other players that haven't had those experiences."

"The fact that Alcaraz cramped probably would have suggested that he was feeling some of the nerves, which is completely normal and understandable but I think that was Novak's 45th Grand Slam semi-final, which is incredible numbers."

Alcaraz was severely hampered during the third and fourth sets against Djokovic, as he struggled to move in the wake of the onset of cramp.

Djokovic will be aiming to win his third French Open as he takes on last year's beaten finalist Casper Ruud. The Serbian is currently tied on 22 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal.

Murray, meanwhile, will continue his Wimbledon preparations on Sunday as he comes up against Jurij Rodionov in the Surbiton final, having beaten Jordan Thompson in the semi-finals.


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