Andy Murray Reflects on the Absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells Masters 2021

Published 10/07/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams arrive on court to observe a moment of silence for Brad Drewett during day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. He was a former tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and president since January 2012, died Friday after a battle with motor neurone disease. He was 54. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Andy Murray will begin his Indian Wells Masters 2021 campaign tomorrow against France’s Adrian Mannarino. He is entering the Masters 1000 tournament as a wildcard and is featuring there after a gap of four years.

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Interestingly, the Indian Wells Masters 2021 is one of the two Masters in which Andy Murray is yet to succeed at. Thus, it will be intriguing to see how well he plays there this time.

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Andy Murray unhappy with the absence of the ‘Big Three’ at Indian Wells Masters 2021

In a recent interview to Europsort.com, Murray talked about the absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. He described it as an unfortunate event, but mentioned that he understands their current situations.

Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after Murray won their semifinal match. Day twelve of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

“It’s unfortunate with Rafa and Roger being injured and I think Novak, probably rightfully, is taking a break after the run he has had this year and just missing out at the US Open,” said Murray in the interview.

Intriguingly, it is for the first time that neither of the ‘Big Three’ are featuring at the Indian Wells Masters since 2000.

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“Wouldn’t have expected to be the only one playing”- Murray

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Talking further, the British star highlighted that it is a shame that neither of the ‘Big Three’ will play at Indian Wells this year. He even revealed that he didn’t expect that one day, he would be the only one playing at a Masters event out of the ‘Big Four’. He also stated that personally, he is really cheerful about playing at the event this year.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practice match. 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“But I’m happy myself to be here. It’s a shame for the tournament that they’re not here. Certainly, a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have expected to be the only one playing,” added the 3-time Grand Slam champion.

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Fans have really huge expectations from Andy Murray. Will he be able to conquer Indian Wells for the first time in his career this year?

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