John McEnroe had something very interesting to say about Andy Murray. Interviewed by The Sunday Times, the seven time Grand Slam champion admitted he is surprised by still seeing Andy Murray World No. 1 despite the ups and downs had this season. 'I think it’s amazing that he reached No 1, considering the obstacles, the competition that he was up against', McEnroe said. 'I think that’s tremendous.
That’s part of why he’s struggling now. It took such an effort to get there, I think even he was shocked. But you know, those three guys are better than him. No disrespect. They’re better overall. But you’re talking about three of the five greatest players that ever lived, so it’s a tall order.' This year Murray won Dubai title and reached Roland Garros semifinals, which were his two best results so far.
McEnroe also compared Djokovic, Federer, Nadal's career with Murray's: 'He’s always been top four, but it’s been a distant fourth. In a way, he’s still a distant fourth.' On Monday the three-time Grand Slam champion comnented on McEnroe's sayings in a very clear and honest way: 'For me, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
I'm very proud of the Olympic medals, they mean a lot to me. Within tennis, a lot of people just go 'oh that guy was a better player because he won more Grand Slams than that one or that woman was better because she won more Grand Slams.
If you look at the titles and everything those guys have won, I can't compare myself to them. There's maybe one or two things that I have done that they won't have but for the most part I would have been fourth.
But it's not true of the last year because I'm ranked number one in the world. I've been better than them for the last 12 months, that's how the ranking systems work.' Murray played against Nadal, Federer or Djokovic in all the seven Grand Slam finals he played in career, but the one against Milos Raonic in Wimbledon last year.