Who better than Andy Murray to talk about his "Fantastic 4" teammates. Although he has been lagging behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, at one point he was at the height of him and became number one in the world with them active.
The current number 105 in the ATP ranking did not hesitate to praise them, but above all to highlight what the Serbian Djokovic has been achieving, who seems destined to be the best tennis player of all time. “What he has done is something amazing and impressive.
Also, the other years he finished No. 2 or 3 and winning Grand Slams. You have to know that winning a tournament is difficult, but to be a number you have to win five or six tournaments in a row and it is extremely complex”, commented the Briton.
"There is not much that can be said about him and also about the rest of the Big 3. It's amazing because they have mastered this sport out of love for the game," added Murray. If anyone has suffered too much from being a contemporary of the Serbian, it was precisely Andy, who had it not been for "Nole" would have further expanded his record in the Grand Slams.
In total, they met 36 times on the ATP circuit, of which he was able to win 11 and lose 25. He is the member of the Big-3 with whom he has faced the most and the one who has fared the worst in his direct confrontations. With Nadal he is 7-17 and with Federer 11-14.
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Uncle Toni opens up on Novak Djokovic
The term ‘Big 3’ is extremely popular in the world of tennis. Since 2003, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have established themselves as some of the greatest players to grace the sport.
Each of them has 20 Grand Slam victories to their name, and they look to chase more history in the years to come. Speaking to Eric Han on The Double Bagel Tennis Podcast, Rafael’s uncle Toni revealed he would rather have his nephew face Federer than Djokovic.
He cited their ability to hatch a game plan against the Swiss star as a key factor behind his choice. He said, “I don’t prefer to play against any one of these two guys. I prefer to play with other players. But, a little more with Federer.
Because with Federer, I thought we have a way to win”. He also mentioned Djokovic’s ability to make opponents doubt their strategy makes him a tougher opponent. “Against Novak, it was more difficult because he defends.
You don’t know exactly what you have to do,” said the 50-year-old. “But, it was not a big difference”.