Djokovic riled by Murray’’s Australian Open favourite tag

January 22nd, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI  

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Melbourne, Jan.22 (ANI): Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has spoken out against the bookies decision to rate Andy Murray, the worlds fourth-ranked player, as equal favourite for the tournament alongside Roger Federer.
Djokovic, who eased through his second-round match against Jeremy Chardy in straight sets, believes that the three leading contenders for the title are the same players who won grand slam events last year: himself, Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
Asked whether he felt that Murray had overtaken him in the public imagination, Djokovic replied indignantly What is his ranking against my ranking?
I have all respect for Murray. I like him as a person and as a player, but you cannot put him as one of the favourites next to Roger and Rafa and myself here at the Australian Open, he added. According to Fox Sports, Djokovic remains a long way ahead of Murray on rankings points, with 10,650 to Murrays 7190. But he will lose a significant number of those if he does not repeat his 2008 feat of winning this tournament. (ANI)

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