Andy Murray, alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, forms the big four of this generation. However, the iconic group is about to break, as the Swiss legend has decided to say goodbye to the sport. Federer will move on to the next phase of his life post the Laver Cup.
His departure isn’t sad just for fans but also for his fellow big four players. Murray, in the press conference ahead of the Laver Cup, shared the memory that he values the most related to Federer.
The most precious memory of Federer for Andy Murray
While addressing the press prior to the first and last tournament to witness the big four play together, Murray expressed himself. In the context of Federer’s retirement, he shared, “I was actually in the stands watching Rafa-Roger Wimbledon finals.”
He further added, “And I actually left when it started to raining and I missed the end I watched it obviously at home but yeah for me that was like I went in with some of my friends to watch that one live and I know it’s probably the obvious one. But for me, that would be a match that sticks.”
The 2008 Wimbledon finals which pitted the then top ranked Federer and second ranked Nadal got interrupted by rain. The high-profile final of the Wimbledon Championships, after facing a halt because of rain, panned out in favor of Nadal.
Federer, who was competing for his sixth consecutive title and had snatched the past two from the Spaniard himself, incurred a defeat of 4-6 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (8) 7-9. The nerve-wracking match after a decade still stands tall on the list of greatest tennis matches ever played.
Murray’s noteworthy runs this season
The Brit’s performance graph saw some serious ups and downs this season. Although the efforts of Murray on the court are visible, the results are not reflecting the same.
The former World no.1’s first noteworthy performance came on the hard courts of Sydney. In the ATP 250 event, after getting past the American ace Reilly Opelka in the Ken Rosewall Arena, he locked horns with the former World no.14 Aslan Karatsev for the trophy. Murray outclassed the Russian-Israeli in straight sets and claimed his first title of this season.
Thereafter, he shined in the grass courts of Stuttgart. The three-time Grand Slam champion took down every opponent in straight sets, including the 2022 Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios to reach the finals. However, he failed to outclass Matteo Berrettini and lost the title.
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