Andy Murray feels that playing in the same era as the Big Four made him a better player. In an interview to The Times earlier this week, the former world no. 1 recognized that his rivals played an important role in shaping his career.
'Being around them has made it more difficult to win the biggest competitions,' Murray recognized. 'You’ve got the greatest grass-court player ever [Roger Federer] and the best clay-court player ever [Nadal], and they’re both excellent on hard courts and then you’ve got [Novak] Djokovic, who has been one of the best on hard courts.
Losing against them and being able to spend time on the court with them has taught me a lot. If you are always playing against guys who are not as good as you then you don’t learn as much. It has been harder to win the big events, but it makes those victories that much better.' Interviewed by BBC after his Wimbledon withdrawal due to a hip injury, Murray also spoke about his next plans: 'I think I will make changes to my schedule and things to try and look after my body better.
I will certainly not be having any ends to the season like I did in 2016 when I was playing and winning matches every single week and not stopping for a break. I will be working hard but not killing my body in training blocks either.
Providing I am smart with those things, I believe I will be able to compete.' Meanwhile, John McEnroe spoke about Murray's withdrawal: 'On one hand, what do you have to lose? If you push towards playing Wimbledon, obviously that's what he wanted to do, he's played the warm-up events, he's played three top players along the way - probably playing [Kyle] Edmund was not something he wanted to do in Eastbourne.
But nonetheless, it's sort of depressing. When he played and looked physically pretty good, I'm a little bit surprised, a little bit bummed.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'My style comes from three players I admire'