Andy Murray: I played Roger Federer when I was competing to win first Grand Slam



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Andy Murray: I played Roger Federer when I was competing to win first Grand Slam

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray acknowledged his path to becoming a Grand Slam champion was all but easy. Murray, 34, lost a couple of Grand Slam finals before he captured his maiden Major title at the US Open in 2012.

Murray was beaten by Roger Federer in the finals at the 2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open and 2012 Wimbledon. Murray also made the final at the 2011 Australian Open but ended runner-up to Novak Djokovic. "When I was competing to win Slams, I played Roger Federer a couple of times.

I played Novak Djokovic - who maybe I didn't know at the time, but [look at] what he's gone on to achieve," Murray said. "Obviously, really tough finals against guys that won Majors beforehand."

Murray compares his first Major and the ones of the rest of the Big Four

"I was chatting just the other day with one of the guys that I'm working with.

When Roger [Federer] won his first slam, he won against [Mark] Philippoussis in the final. Rafael Nadal beat [Mariano] Puerta in the final. Novak [Djokovic] bit [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga," Murray said. "None of those guys had won Majors before either."

After winning his first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2012, Murray lifted his first Wimbledon title in 2013. Murray captured his second Wimbledon title in 2016 after beating Milos Raonic in the final. Last week, Murray announced a shock reunion with coach Ivan Lendl.

Murray hasn't had any notable Grand Slam results since 2017 but he brought back Lendl because he still hasn't given up on the idea of making another strong run at the Grand Slam level. "I know a lot of people had probably lost belief in me and what I can do, so for him to still believe that I can achieve great results helps me a lot with my confidence," Murray said.