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Murray hits back at criticism
After Andy Murray angrily dismissed suggestions that he exaggerates his physical problems on court, world number one Novak Djokovic weighed in by saying he believes showing your aches and pains projects a sign of weakness.
Murray came in for criticism at the French Open as he battled a back problem, with former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade calling him a drama queen and John McEnroe telling the world number four to forget about it.
McEnroe also hinted Murray's problems could be largely in his head, a claim that was quickly shot down by the Scot ahead of his first-round match at Wimbledon against Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday. Quoted in several newspapers, the 25-year-old said: "I think eight painkilling injections in your back before the French Open justifies a genuine injury."
He added: "If someone is going to say to me my back injury is not genuine, they can come see my reports from the doctors, they can see the pictures of a needle about eight inches long in my back.
"I'm not accepting criticism any more because it's not fair."
Murray made no attempt to hide his problems in Paris, particularly when his back went into spasm against Jarkko Nieminen, while he continued to clutch at his back and show he was in pain throughout the rest of the tournament.
Djokovic is not afraid to get angry on court, as he demonstrated in the French Open final when he whacked his seat so hard with his racquet that bits of wood flew across the court.
But the Serb, who is a week younger than Murray, feels trying to hide any physical problems is important in order not to give an advantage to your opponent.
Djokovic said: "I think it's very subjective. Every player has different behaviour, a different character, a different way of presenting himself on and off the court.
"But, of course, on the court you always try to, in my opinion, hide whatever you're feeling from your opponent. You don't want to show your opponent that you're struggling too much because you're revealing your weaknesses."