Novak Djokovic: ‘I have mental edge over Andy Murray’

Novak Djokovic has claimed that he will take a mental advantage into Sunday’s French Open final meeting withAndy Murray at Roland Garros.

The world number one has beaten his rival in 23 of their 33 career meetings, including 12 of the last 14 since losing to the Scotsman in the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Murray also fell to cruel defeats to his opponent in each of the last two Australian Open finals and at the semi-final stage in Paris 12 months ago, which Djokovic believes could have a baring on how the latest tussle pans out.

“I think mentally, when we step on the court, sure, maybe to some extent,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. “Some small percentage, maybe, but he’s playing in great form. It’s another Grand Slam title up for grabs for both Andy and myself.

“One thing for sure I know I can expect when I get on the court with him is it’s going to be a very physical battle. I think he’s one of the most dedicated tennis players on the tour. He always seeks to improve his game and get better, which I do too.

 “I think, looking at our history of the first time we played against each other when we were 11 years old all the way until now, if we knew back then that we were going to fight for the biggest trophies in this sport, I think we would both sign the document. It’s pretty nice that our rivalry has evolved over the years.”

Djokovic is seeking a 12th Grand Slam title, while also looking to become the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four - the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open - at the same time.

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