Was anybody under the impression that Novak was training as hard as he normally does in the second half of the year?
Boris is not saying anything new.
Why the media decided to make this the narrative of the day is beyond me: it only diminishes Murray's achievement in passing Novak.
Novak was injured (although of course nobody must mention it, in spite of Boris having talked about it as well), he had family problems, he was in a cult, and on top of that, he was not practicing. And with all that help, Murray required his best tennis ever to pass this ghost by 630 points.
I'm just adding 2 and 2 together. Reading the media articles available.
My advise to the press: if you want to elevate Murray, you have to elevate Novak as well, so that beating Novak looks like an achievement.