On Thursday, the Swiss beat the Scot 6-4 6-3 6-2 at Flushing Meadows as he was struggling to repeat the performances which saw him clinch the Wimbledon and US Open titles, and many fans and pay per head sportsbooks that follow the player were disappointed, but never lost their faith.
Murray was only able to win nine games across the three sets and did not earn a single break point, as he lost the match at the quarter-final stage.
Pay per head sportsbooks and Murray’s fans were not very happy that the defending champion was not the player who two months ago defeated Djokovic in straight sets to claim the Wimbledon title, but Djokovic admitted that after major wins he also lacked enthusiasm.
“It’s never easy after you win a grand slam to motivate yourself again to play smaller tournaments and then to prepare yourself again to be mentally, physically, emotionally 100 per cent committed to another grand slam that is basically just a month and a half after his biggest win in his career, which is Wimbledon,” the 26-year-old said.
“I have been in this particular situation. I know how it feels. But this is tennis. You definitely learn always something new every single season and you grow as a person and as a player.
“That kind of a mindset to always try to get better on the court, off the court, helped me to understand what I need to do in order to stay number one, in order to always try to win the grand slam titles.
“Because it’s a huge competition. All the top players are very consistent. In order to be in the mix for number one in the world or a contender for a major title, you have to be giving everything that you have.”
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Price per head services saw that Murray’s loss was the worst one in his career since he lost to Wawrinka in the third round of the 2010 US Open; even though since then, the player made it to at least the quarter-final of every grand slam that he played in.