What shade did Andy Murray direct towards Novak Djokovic regarding Shanghai 2014 clash?

At the 2014 Shanghai Masters, Roger Federer brought an end to Novak Djokovic’s impressive 28-match unbeaten streak in China. Federer defeated Djokovic, the world No. 1, with a score of 6-4, 6-4, in a match that lasted an hour and 35 minutes, securing his place in the finals. However, there was a notable incident as well. After the loss, Djokovic shot the ball towards Federer’s left arm. Recently, Andy Murray teased Djokovic for his reaction in the 2014 match, commenting on a resurfaced video of the incident.

Roger Federer went on to defeat Giles Simon in the finals and lift the Shanghai title but many were hoping that Novak Djokovic would apologize for his action but he went on praising Federer in the post match interview.

Andy Murray controversial comment on Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer match

Andy Murray recently expressed an opinion that got many tennis fans talking as he replied to a video of an incident involving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the 2014 Shanghai Masters. It was one of the most memorable matches ever came between Djokovic and Federer in 2014 albeit it elicited a moment in particular as the Serbian unintentionally hit Federer on the left arm.

He ended up winning the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 before defeating Gilles Simon in the final. But post match, he praised Federer instead of apologizing. “I think I did not play too bad. It’s just that he played everything he wanted to play. He played the perfect match… an amazing match”, Djokovic said.

Murray commented on the video being resurfaced and said that it was legitimate however when the boot is on the other foot, he reacts differently. “Totally legitimate play. Great shot. However when Rafa clocked him in Canada and Norrie in Rome he reacted like “how dare you?”, he wrote.

Andy Murray first refers back to a 2013 clash between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Montréal, where Djokovic appears to reject Nadal’s apology for striking him with a passing shot at net: The three-time Grand Slam champion’s second example is more recent, one that kicked up its own debate following Djokovic’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia encounter with Cameron Norrie.

Djokovic said after knocking out Norrie in straight sets, taking further issue with a medical time out and generally amped on-court demeanor from the Brit, “Maybe you could say he didn’t hit me deliberately. I don’t know if he saw me. I mean you can always see where the player is positioned on the court.”

At the 2023 US Open Novak Djokovic tied the all-time Grand Slam record hitherto held only by Margaret Court, winning a 24th major victory and fourth title in Flushing Meadows. While Andy Murray has two Wimbledon title and one US Open.

How many Grand Slam titles has Andy Murray won?

Andy Murray won his last Grand Slam seven years ago and has struggled since, with injuries seriously hampering him towards the end of his career. Murray has won a total of three Grand Slams throughout his career. 

Andy Murray played in 11 Grand Slam finals, winning Wimbledon twice and the US Open once.  His last Grand Slam came in 2016 at SW19 after he beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in the final on Centre Court. This was his second Wimbledon title, coming four years after his emotional 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic. 

Andy Murray lifting the Wimbledon title

Andy Murray had the whole of the UK behind him as the country roared in celebration while he fell to the ground in delight. The Brit’s two Wimbledon titles took his tally up to three Grand Slams as they followed his first-ever major win in 2012. 

Murray lifted the US Open trophy 11 years ago, becoming the first British player to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936.  Again it was against Djokovic, with Murray winning 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in what was the joint-longest men’s singles US Open final ever.

Victor Okechukwu

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