“I think people have simplified it, there are other numbers to look as well”- Andy Murray gives his verdict on the GOAT debate

Andy Murray joins in on the long-standing question about the GOAT debate, he claims it is not defined by numbers.

Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray has recently weighed in his opinion on the GOAT debate. The Brit who is considered a part of the famed Big 4 said he has his own criteria for it.

Murray might have fallen out of the top echelons over the recent years, but he was a force to reckon with during his prime. He was part of the quartet along with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal who dominated the circuit for more than a decade. From 2005 to 2016, the quartet won a staggering 42 0f the 46 Grand Slams.

They even dominated on the Olympic stage as well with Nadal bagging one gold medal and Murray with 2. He also holds the 5th spot for the most Masters 1000 titles won with 14, behind the Big 3 and Andre Agassi. The Brit also held the World No.1 ranking, that was until 2016, after which injuries derailed his career. He is now a shadow of his former self and he slowly fell out of the pecking order of the Goat debate.

Now the man himself has dropped his verdict on it. The former World No.1 felt that it is being ‘simplified’ as one cannot consider the number of Grand Slams as the barometer of success, Murray claims there is much more to its than just the Majors numbers.

“I think people have simplified it. The easiest way for people to do it is just to go by the number of slam wins. But I do think when you compare other players’ careers, maybe there’s other numbers to look at, as well,” he said after his opening-round win at the Indian Wells.

Andy Murray earns major career milestone at the Indian Wells

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray has added another feather to his cap, he notched up a record 700 career wins after he overcame a set deficit to defeat qualifier Taro Daniel at the Indian Wells. He is the fourth active player and the 18th player overall to achieve this record. After the first set stumble, he overcame a 3-1 deficit in the decider to get the better of Daniel for the second time in a row. He won the grueling 2-hour match 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Alexander Bublik awaits him in the semi-finals. This will be their second meeting in just a month. They squared off against each other at the Rotterdam Open, where Murray emerged victorious in straight sets.

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