Djokovic prepared for ‘clear the air’ talks

Novak Djokovic says he is prepared to meet with Andy Murray to in order to resolve any problems between the pair following last week's Australian Open final.

Djokovic seemed to struggle with various injuries during Sunday's title match in Melbourne, and at times struggled to chase down some of Murray's shots, who took the early lead in the second and third sets as a result.

The world number one, however, rediscovered his verve at 2-0 down in the third set and proceeded to win 12 of the next 13 games to secure his fifth title in Australia.

After the match, Murray admitted that he felt distracted by Djokovic's problems and was surprised by how easily the Serb seemed to brush them off.

Djokovic, though, claims he and Murray has a 'good' relationship and that he didn't want to ruin it over the Scot's unhappiness over the defeat.

"From my perspective, no. How he feels about it, it's obviously still very fresh to talk about that. He's definitely disappointed about losing that match. It's normal that some time has to pass. We'll see," the Independent quotes Djokovic as saying after the match.

"If there is a chance, if he's willing to talk, I'll talk, no problem. I have nothing to hide. I'm not the sort of guy who is pretending, who is trying to do something behind anyone's back or is saying bad things about anybody, especially about someone I have known for a long time. I have respect for him.

"I don't want to point a finger at him or the media or whoever might be trying to cause some kind of unnecessary tension. Hopefully, things will be right in the future."

Djokovic and Murray have known each other since they met on court as boys, and according to the Serb, the nature of their relationship has changed as they grew older.

"It's just because we have been rivals for the last couple of years, he has his own team, I have my team, so we don't get to be together as we would maybe like to, on and off the court," Djokovic added.

"But when he gets married and maybe has a kid we will spend more time. We'll have an excuse. Things will, hopefully, be different in the future.

"Yes, we are rivals and, of course, you can't really sit down and have dinners and chat about some intimate things because tomorrow you're going to be on the court fighting for the biggest trophies. So at this point of our careers maybe that intimate and close relationship is not possible yet. But we're all humans at the end of the day and I think we should consider that human side as a priority before sport."

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