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Novak Djokovic sends heartfelt message to Andy Murray after retirement decision


Djokovic sent a hearfelt message to Andy Murray (Picture: Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic claims he knew he would have an ‘amazing rivalry’ with Andy Murray after their first meeting all the way back in 2001 as he sent an emotional message to the soon-to-retire Brit.

Djokovic and Murray have met on 36 occasions at tour-level but – born just a week apart – came up through the ranks together and have forged one of the most memorable rivalries in tennis history.

The pair have met in the final of every Grand Slam, something few rivalries can boast.

And Djokovic sensed even as a young boy that his rivalry with Murray would be one to last the ages.

He posted on Instagram: ‘Tarbes, France 2001, “Les Petite As”. First time we met and played.

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‘Something was telling me back then that we’d have an amazing rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come.

‘What you are trying to do is nothing short of brave and inspiring. I met with you the other day and couldn’t really verbalise my compassion for what you’re going through.

‘As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level.

‘Whatever happens, I will always cherish our amazing matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences 🙏 Big hug Andy, stay strong.’





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