'I miss facing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic', says former No. 1

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'I miss facing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic', says former No. 1

After missing the 2021 Australian Open due to Coronavirus positivity, Andy Murray returned to the circuit in Montpellier at the end of February and also competed in the Challenger of Biella reaching the final. The former world number 1, who in recent years has experienced an authentic ordeal that has brought him a hair's breadth from retirement, was expected to attend the Dubai Open this week, but announced his forfeit as his wife Kim gave their fourth child is born.

According to the latest rumors, the three-time Grand Slam champion will return to action in Miami thanks to the wild card that was assigned to him by the organizers. It will be the first time since 2016 that the Scotsman has set foot in the Florida tournament, which saw him triumph on two occasions.

Following the delicate hip 'resurfacing' surgery in 2019, 'Muzza' had dropped out of the Top 500, but fortunately the recovery was optimal allowing him to return to play. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, the Brit hopes to be able to challenge Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic again before hanging up his racquet.

Andy Murray on facing the Big 3

“It’s a city I love, and I’ve spent a lot of time here over the last 15 years, I feel comfortable,” Andy Murray told PEOPLE magazine. “But over the next few months, I want to play matches — especially against the top players (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) — work on my game and climb the rankings.

I want to get back playing a sport I love”. Murray’s comeback has been slow and steady and he is now back in the world top 120. “The last few years has been really hard,” Murray admits to PEOPLE. “After the operation, there were no guarantees I would play again, but I’ve been working very hard on my conditioning and over the last few months I’ve felt the best I have for years.

I’ll need to be mindful of my schedule moving forward but I’m excited to be back competing — with a metal hip”. Concerning his performances, Murray has had enough match fitness to bring out substantial results from his campaign ahead.

But, it remains to be seen how the minor breaks affect his rhythm. Hopefully, just as this good news, Murray will make his fans happy with some old-Murray tennis. Even though it is difficult for him to pick up a Slam, a spectacular run is what fans are expecting from him.