Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Were a Roadblock for Andy Murray, Says Former American No. 1

Published 10/13/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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)


Over the past two decades, men’s tennis has enjoyed a golden era in which some of the best players in history were part of the same generation. Superstars such as Andy Murray, along with the golden trio of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have all competed against each other. 

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Sadly, Andy Murray does not have a great track record against these players in Grand Slam matches. He has lost eight finals to them in the Majors, five against Djokovic and three against Federer.

He has never faced Nadal in a final but has had high intense matches in the rounds prior, which have not gone in his favor most of those times. 

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Recently, former American player James Blake reflected on Andy Murray’s results against the other three players and stated, “It’s the big four but obviously it’s become the big three since his injury. I agree that Andy Murray was the guy that absolutely could win a slam and had the unfortunate luck of being the runner-up so many times to those big three in slam finals.” His comments came during a discussion about whether it was the ‘Big 4’ or the ‘Big 3’ in men’s tennis.  

Andy Murray failed to get the better of the big three in Slams 

There came a point in time when Andy could beat every other player on the Tour. However, when he came up against Roger, Rafa, or Novak, he fell short most of those times. On a positive note, two out of his three Grand Slam titles were won beating Djokovic in the final.   

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Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to tennis, Murray was most recently seen at the Indian Wells Masters. He was sailing smoothly until he came across German star Alexander Zverev.

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The 2020 Olympic gold medalist beat the Scottish star in straight sets. It will be interesting to see what will be Murray’s next move as he already announced withdrawal from the Davis Cup. We wish him all the best for the remainder of the season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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