Last night’s victory was a huge result for Murray. Djokovic came into the match with a 4-0 advantage, and had served up a bagel in each of their two previous encounters.
But Murray showed his mental strength again and left the stats in the locker room. The result will be a massive confidence boost and is further proof that Murray is making progress and has a future at the very top of the game.
As well as showing his trademark defensive qualities, Murray was also more positive and attacking than he has been in the past. He was also showed good discipline and focus.
Much has been said about Murray’s tendency to over-use the drop shot, and that he needs to curb his enthusiasm for the shot when playing the top players. Well, I watched most of the match and the only drop shots I saw were the two disastrous attempts from Djokovic.
These were symptomatic of Nole’s error strewn game. Andy played well but we’d been fooling ourselves if we over-looked the errors from Djoko as he struggled to get to grip with the conditions.
So next up it’s Nadal. Rafa monstered him at Wimbledon but hard court could be a different story. We’ll have to tune in tonight to find out…
PS - full marks to Djokovic for his smiley congratulations to Murray.
You can watch the tie break and the terrible drop shot below