ATP World Tour Finals 2012: We’re no Federer-Nadal yet, says Murray
ATP World Tour Finals 2012: Andy Murray believes he and Novak Djokovic aren't close to matching the Federer-Nadal rivalry yet
Andy Murray believes Novak Djokovic and the British No1 have a “long way” to go before the pair can emulate the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Murray beat the world No1 en route to winning his first Grand Slam at the US Open in September, while the Scot also beat Djokovic in the semi-finals at the Olympics, going on to claim gold in the final.
However, Djokovic won their last meeting in the Shanghai Masters final, coming from behind to claim a 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3 victory and leave the head-to-head level at three wins each in 2012.
“Whether me and Novak would replace anything Roger and Rafa have done, I think that’s a long way off,” Murray told BBC Sport.
“But I think some of the matches we’ve had this year were high quality, fun to watch, and I’m all for playing more of those matches if I can.”
He added: “For me there’s an understanding of how much you have to put into the match to win it. I think that’s just the nature of those matches.
“Both of us are very good retrievers so often the points will go on a lot. Sometimes you feel like you maybe need to win the point two or three times, which is tough and can be a little bit tiring.
“But we’ve played each other enough to know what to expect. We do practise with each other quite a lot too, but it’s never quite the same as matches, that’s for sure.”