London: American tennis legend John McEnroe believes that the 37-match winning streak that World No.2 Novak Djokovic has put together is even more impressive than the record breaking run of 42 wins that he recorded in 1984.
“To begin with I’m angry that Andy Murray didn’t beat him last week and keep my record intact. It was the perfect opportunity to save it. But now I’d say if he breaks it in Roland Garros next week it will be a more impressive feat than mine,” a daily quoted McEnroe as saying.
“In 1984 the Australian Open was played at the end of the year whereas he has had to win it as part of his streak. I was coming into my first Grand Slam of the year at the French where the streak was broken so things are different. Also he came into the year as No. 3 in the world and to be able to dominate higher-ranked players the way he has is, to put it mildly, quite amazing,” he added.
McEnroe further said that he is now quite excited that Djokovic might get his record during the French Open, which begins in Paris on Sunday.
“Records are made to be broken – its the definition of mixed emotions. It really brings back memories for me. I won a lot of indoor matches before the clay court season, but now the majors are bigger than ever and the build-up is greater in terms of pressure,” McEnroe said.
“I think that what he has done is amazing and I hasten to say that I guess even he is a little surprised,” he added.
From the 2010 Davis Cup finals to the 2011 Rome Masters, Djokovic is on a 39 match win streak, which includes titles at the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters, Serbia Open, Madrid Masters, and the Rome Masters.