Andy Murray Reveals Why Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Are Tough to Beat

Published 03/10/2021, 11:47 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Andy Murray of Great Britain, Novak Djokovic of Siberia, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain attend a ceremony for Carlos Moya’s retirement during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Initially, tennis had The Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Later, British stalwart Andy Murray joined the trio to form the big 4. Although Murray hasn’t had a career as prolific as his rivals, he most certainly was on par with them for a couple of years and did become the best in the world in 2016.

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Murray knows how tough it is to play against Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, and he has now revealed what makes them tough to beat. He singled out the qualities that his rivals have mastered.

Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Roger Federer. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

“With any great player, I think it’s a mix of incredible talent, mental strength, single-minded focus, determination and a lot of hard work. They’ve all got good teams around them too which really helps,” Murray said.

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Murray placed great emphasis on experience since that gives the Big 3 the edge over the upcoming crop of young players. He said, “I also think that because tennis is such a mental game, the experience they have is a big factor now too. They are able to draw on that against the younger players, and (thus) still dominate the game.”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Speaking about the next-gen players, Murray reckons that they have been a bit unlucky. The next-gen have underperformed in the Grand Slams, and according to Murray, it is unfortunate that success is measured in terms of Grand Slams won. He said:

“It’s obviously extremely difficult to win a Grand Slam, and unfortunately, most people judge success in tennis by that benchmark. Sometimes you need a bit of luck, alongside all the talent and hard work, to get you across the line.”

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Even though Andy Murray has trailed off in the past few years, his legacy is still intact. Despite not winning as many Grand Slams as Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, he is still widely regarded as a great player. Murray’s game gave a tough time to his three major rivals, something that no other player could do.

Rafael Nadal (l) of Spain shakes hands with Andy Murray (r) of Great Britain. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

But now, Murray is visibly struggling with injuries, but he has some plans for 2021. His main focus is the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he is a two-time defending champion.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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