Andy Murray lashes out at John McEnroe for his "distant fourth" remark

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Andy Murray lashes out at John McEnroe for his "distant fourth" remark

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SportsCafe Desk

06/20/2017

Andy Murray retaliated to John McEnroe's claims of Murray not being at the same level as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stating that it does not matter what people say and he is proud of his Olympic medals. Murray further said that him being the World No. 1 speaks for itself.

American tennis legend John McEnroe recently suggested that Andy Murray is not at the same level as his fab four counterparts as the World No. 1 has only won three Grand Slam titles in his career as opposed to Roger Federer's 18, Rafael Nadal's 15 and Novak Djokovic's 12. McEnroe termed Murray to be the distant fourth.

The Briton had a rough start to the year while his contemporaries Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer made historic comebacks from injuries to win the French Open and the Australian Open respectively along with wins at various other events. However, Murray clarified that whatever McEnroe stated does not perturb him and his success at the Olympics can give the American an idea where he stands.

"For me, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I'm very proud of the Olympic medals, they mean a lot to me," Murray said at Queen's Club on Sunday, as reported by TOI.

"Within tennis, a lot of people just go 'oh that guy was a better player because he won more Grand Slams than that one or that woman was better because she won more Grand Slams'.

"If that's the case then what is the point in all of us being here today? Why is everyone here covering this event? There are other tournaments outside the slams as well.

"If you look at the titles and everything those guys have won, I can't compare myself to them.

"There's maybe one or two things that I have done that they won't have but for the most part I would have been fourth.

"But it's not true of the last year because I'm ranked number one in the world. I've been better than them for the last 12 months, that's how the ranking systems work."

Murray, aged 30 also reiterated that he might have a few years of tennis left in him despite Roger Federer winning the Australian Open at 35 in January earlier this year.

"It's really hard, it's always tough to stay at the top of any sport," Murray said.

"I hope I stay at the top of the game for five, six, seven years but I think just because Roger's done it doesn't mean that's going to happen to everyone.

"Right now, I feel good, but we'll have to see how I am."

Andy Murray will start his preparations for Wimbledon this week by taking on British number four Aljaz Bedene at Queen's on Tuesday in a bid to defend his title at the Queen's Club Chmapionship and win it for a record sixth time.

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