Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray feels ‘lucky’ to have played in the same era as ‘The Big Three’

Andy Murray considers himself lucky to have competed against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic throughout his career.

‘The Big Three’ have collected 60 Major titles between them, with all three locked together on 20 after Djokovic won Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2021.

Murray admitted he may have had more opportunities to win titles if he competed in a different era of tennis, however acknowledged the challenge of competing against the greatest players ever on the biggest stages.

“Do I regret being born at the same time as them? It’s a difficult question,” Murray said. “Obviously, on the one hand, I regret it because I tell myself that I could have won a lot more if they hadn’t been there or if I had been 5 or 6 years younger. I would have had more opportunities. On the other hand, I had the opportunity to play and challenge the best players in history in the biggest tournaments.”

Murray highlighted the fact of being able to play against ‘The Big Three’ at their favourite hunting grounds – Nadal at Roland Garros, Federer at Wimbledon and Djokovic at Australian Open, with the Brit adding that these experiences helped him improve as a player.

“I was able to face Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Roger Federer at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and the US Open and always in the final, even at the Olympic Games,” Murray added. “I obviously did not win all these meetings but I won a few. I feel lucky to have been able to play against them, they allowed me to improve by setting the bar so high.”


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