Murray launches Big Three warning

24 February 2021 00:57:38 GMTPlus11

Andy Murray has warned against expecting a change in the guard in men's tennis any time soon, after the next generation were put in their place at the Australian Open.

Plenty of commentators and fans felt 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev would have the measure of world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Melbourne final.

The younger guys, for me, they've not shown that they're particularly close.

Andy Murray

But instead it was Djokovic putting the young pretender in his place with a straight-sets triumph as the 33-year-old Serb chalked up an 18th Grand Slam title.

Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won more slams than Djokovic - they each have 20 titles - and there are few signs that any of that celebrated trio will be hanging up their rackets any time soon, despite Federer currently being out due to injury.

And, according to Murray, a three-time major winner who would surely have won more but for a succession of career-threatening injuries, Medvedev and the rest of the tennis wannabes could be trailing in the wake of the Big Three for a while yet.

"The younger guys, for me, they've not shown that they're particularly close," Murray said on the tennishead.com website. "I expected the final to be closer. But it's different standing to return or to serve in a Grand Slam final than a quarter-final or a semi.

"When you're coming up against someone who's won 17 of them, it's pretty intimidating.

"The guys that have been at the top for so long know how to win on all surfaces and the guys trying to get into those positions don't necessarily play well on all surfaces. That reduces the opportunity to win slams."

The next Grand Slam opportunity comes at the French Open where Nadal is a 2.10 chance, with Djokovic 3.25.

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