Andy Murray admits that his Roland Garros final defeat in 2016 to lifetime rival Novak Djokovic remains one among his most shattering losses.
Djokovic triumphed in Paris, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to capture his first and only French Open title.
On Friday, Murray and Djokovic shared an Instagram Live chat where they discussed a rivalry which began in childhood and remains going strong in their early 30s.
“If I could change one result, I obviously would have loved to win the Australian Open or the French Open, but as a challenge on behalf of me, because the clay was such a troublesome surface on behalf of me throughout my career,” Murray told the planet darling during the link-up.
“Just within the terms of the way I played on clay it absolutely was the toughest one on behalf of me to adapt to. That would are my biggest achievement on behalf of me if I’d have won the French. Australia has been pretty painful on behalf of me because of you over the years. If I could change the one I’d take the French Open off you.”
Djokovic has long had the favourable position on Murray.
He leads their head-to-head 25-11 and has 17 slam titles to the Briton’s three.
However, Murray does possess two Olympic gold medals from London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.
He defeated Djokovic within the semi-finals in London on his thanks to the title.
“I felt sort of a played well overall, but you beat me within the London Olympics within the semis, 7-5, 7-5,” Djokovic said.
“I still felt like we both played okay, I felt the standard of the match was pretty good, you were just better within the decisive moments of the sets.
“Of course I used to be devastated once I lost because it absolutely was the Olympic Games, but I used to be pleased with the way I played.”