Andy Murray on playing in the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic era: ‘I feel lucky to have played against them’

Andy Murray attends a press conference

Some players would see their glass as half empty after competing in the same era as tennis’ Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but Andy Murray is not one of them.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have dominated the sport over the past two decades, each winning 20 Grand Slams to jointly hold the record for most majors won in the Open Era in men’s tennis.

Murray was briefly considered part of the conversation as the Big Three at some point was referred to as the Big Four as the Brit won three Grand Slams and played in several major finals against Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.

During an interview with, Murray was asked if he regrets being born at the same time as the Big Three and replied: “It’s a difficult question.

“Obviously, on the one hand, I regret it because I tell myself that I could have won a lot more if they hadn’t been there or if I had been 5 or 6 years younger. I would have had more opportunities. On the other hand, I had the opportunity to play and challenge the best players in history in the biggest tournaments.”

He added: “I was able to face Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Roger Federer at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and the US Open and always in the final, even at the Olympic Games.

“I obviously did not win all these meetings but I won a few. I feel lucky to have been able to play against them, they allowed me to improve by setting the bar so high.”