Both Roger Federer and Andy Murray know that World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is currently the man to beat this ATP season but admit that they can’t overlook any other player, starting with the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the 2016 Australian Open.
“I’m always on the lookout for how to play certain players or certain tournaments or about my own game. So Novak [Djokovic] might be a small piece of the puzzle, but it wasn’t the piece. I’m more focused about my own game than any other player,” Federer shared to tennis.com.
Federer and Djokovic are tied in their career head-to-head meetings with 22 victories against each other in 44 match-ups. However, the Serbian has won five of the last seven matches including in their last meeting, in the championship round of the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals where Djokovic defeated Federer in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.
“In practices there [are] things you’d look to do for matches against them. But also rather than it just being in practice, looking at matches that you’ve played against them and understanding sort of tactics and things that are happening in the match that you can maybe change, as well. In practice, you’re always trying to improve your overall game,” Murray said in the same article when asked about his rivals.
“Maybe looking at the videos of the matches and going, ‘Oh, I could improve my serve here or improve my return.’ It’s not just for against them, it’s against all the other players, as well.”
Djokovic, Murray and Federer are ranked the top three players in the ATP rankings but the Serbian is considered the favorite in all of the tournaments for the new ATP season owing to his great performance in 2015, a year the Serbian considers the best in his pro career.
Djokovic, who is seeded number one in the tournament in Melbourne, Australia, had an easy first round win against Hyeon Chung of Korea in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Monday. Federer also took care of his first round match beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia also in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-2.
Meanwhile, Murray will open his 2016 Australian Open campaign against German pro Alexander Zverev on Tuesday.
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