Chasing pack not close to toppling 'Big Three', says Murray
(Reuters) - Andy Murray wasn't surprised that Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open crown on Sunday, saying that the "Young Guns" on the men's tour have not closed the gap to the "Big Three".
Daniil Medvedev reached the final in Melbourne after a winning streak of 20 games, but was beaten in straight sets by Djokovic, who took his 18th Grand Slam crown.
The Serb's triumph means 15 of the last 16 majors have been won by Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
"I expected the final to get closer, but I also know how good Novak is there and when he is in his game and highly motivated," said Murray, who withdrew from the tournament after not having a "functional quarantine" found a positive COVID-19 test.
"Coming back or serving in a Grand Slam final is different from going up against someone who has won 17 of them in a quarter-final or a semi-final.
"It's pretty intimidating and younger people haven't shown they are particularly close to each other."
The 33-year-old Brit, a three-time Grand Slam winner, said he hadn't seen much of the tournament because of the disappointment of missing something.
"I saw very little, I wanted to be there and it was a fight," he said. "I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just didn't want to see it."
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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