British tennis ace Andy Murray believes Novak Djokovic has the ability to knock over both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and that it would not surprise him if the former world number wins the men’s singles title at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.
Murray opted to drop out of this year’s Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament as he continues his recovery from hip surgery. The former world No. 1 has played just three matches since July 2017 and decided this year’s Championship — and best-of-five-set matches — had come too soon.
Speaking on the BBC, the 31-year-old said “Novak could beat both Roger and Rafa. From what I have seen in the past couple of days, he looks to be playing really, really well.”
Djokovic, seeded 12th at the All England Club, has dropped just one set on his way to a last-eight clash with Kei Nishikori. The Serbian cruised past Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 on Monday, marking the second straight major at which he has reached the quarter-finals.
“He’s (Djokovic) not been in the latter stages of major events so much recently, Queen’s was his first final in almost a year and it looked like he had doubts in that match against Marin Cilic. But I think his level is back to where he wants to be and mentally he is where he needs to be,” he added.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he went on to win this tournament,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also insisted that not playing at the All England Club this year was the best decision he made and has no regrets about it. “Last year I came in when the hip was bad, managed to get through to the quarter-finals but ended up missing a whole year because of it. I didn’t want to go in this year, potentially play four or five matches, and do any damage.”
“Obviously, I was very disappointed I wasn’t able to play, but I wasn’t going to win the tournament and I wasn’t well enough prepared. It was a hard decision but a smart one,” he added.
He also said that he would continue his comeback from injury by playing in the Citi Open in Washington before turning his attention to the US Open. “My plan is to play in Washington, which starts on 30 July.”
“I’m going to be here in London for the next 10 days, practising on the hard courts, and then I’ve got a friend’s wedding. I’ll be going to that and then heading over to the States, having a week’s training either in Washington or maybe Miami before getting back on the match court,” he added.
Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion, who defeated Djokovic in 2013, and Milos Raonic of Canada in straight sets in 2016. During his victory in 2013, he became the first British Wimbledon champion in 77 years.