Great Britain superstar Andy Murray has backed Novak Djokovic, claiming that the Serb's losing passion for tennis is "completely understandable" while also admitting that it is normal for players to experience a drop in intensity and level after winning major tournaments.

The current world number one, Djokovic recently came out and said that he had lost his desire and love for the sport following his incredible success at the beginning of the season. This loss of desire for competition he maintained was the reason behind his recent failures.

Murray, who himself went through lean periods at the start of his career added that it is a normal phenomenon saying that a lot of the players go through that.

"It can happen at different stages. When you achieve something that you've wanted to achieve for such a long time and put so much effort and thought into that, and come close a number of times and not quite done it. I think when you finally do it, you feel incredible for a number of days afterwards", Murray said as quoted by Yibada.

"But there can be a low after that. It would be completely understandable to have those feelings. I'm sure a lot of players have experienced that at different stages after big wins in their career. I think it's quite normal", the world number two added.

The Serb has struggled for form in recent times, suffering early exits in both the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and the Rio Olympics. Though he bounced back to reach the final of the US Open, he fell to Stan Wawrinka in the final hurdle.

Djokovic who skipper the China Open due to elbow injury is due to return to the Shanghai Masters event which is scheduled to start on 9 October where he is the defending champion. A win at Shanghai will ensure that he finishes the year on top of the world rankings.