Tennis

Andy Murray says tennis’s current ‘Big Three’ are the greatest players of all time

But with the way Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated in grand slams over the last 20 years, people are now suggesting that the current 'Big Three' of men's tennis are the best ever. Players such as Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver have all had their fair share of success during their separate eras but were unable to achieve the same level of domination as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. The trio have won a combined 46 grand slams and Andy Murray, who is one of the few players to have beaten a member of the 'Big Three' in a grand slam final, believes we are currently witnessing the pinnacle of tennis. "In my opinion, all three of the best players are playing in this generation. You don't have to compare the generations," the 32-year-old said on an Instagram Live with Djokovic on Friday. "We don't know what everyone will finish on Slam-wise. For me, it depends on the surface. Rafa's record on clay, nobody competes with. Your (Djokovic) record on hard courts is the best. Federer is the best grass court player.

The best on clay, grass and hard court

"When people ask me what my toughest match is, who are the hardest guys to play against, I feel like I'm competing against the best hard-court player ever, the best clay court player and the best grass court player."READ: Sofia Shapatava says 'tennis may not survive' coronavirus pandemic as she starts petition calling for financial helpFederer currently holds the record of most grand slams in men's singles with 20; Nadal is second with 19; and Djokovic two behind the Spaniard, with 17.Djokovic admitted that although the number of titles is something he thinks about, the 'Big Three' can't really focus on it because they are "still in the storm.""I speak with my team and my friends about it. People close to me are biased and obviously leaning towards me. People support Roger and Rafa, which is normal," the Serbian explained. "But I think it's good for tennis we have this kind of conversation and that we all are competing at the same time," he added. READ: Coco Gauff says she was 'really depressed' and 'lost' for a year

Life after tennis

Murray has had time to think about the GOAT and legacies since injuries have marred his career over the past few years. A hip injury forced him to miss almost a year, and in January 2019, the Scottish player wept in a press conference when he said he intended to retire because of the injury, only to play doubles at Wimbledon later that year. But Murray says time with his family has helped him come to terms with the fact that there will be a life after tennis."I have realized when tennis is dRead More – Source