Andy Murray, 34, admitted that not having the Big Three is a blow for the Indian Wells Masters but acknowledged that it should not be a big surprise since they have all gotten older.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously with everyone getting older, there’s going to be times where those guys are missing, missing events,” Murray said, per Eurosport UK. “I’ve obviously had my fair share of misses the last few years, like we were saying, [it’s been] four years since I’ve last been here.”
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ended their 2021 season in August, while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has decided to take a break following a couple of exhausting months.
“It’s unfortunate with Rafa and Roger being injured, and I think Novak probably rightfully, is taking a break after the run that he has had this year and just missing out at the US Open,” Murray noted.
“But I’m happy myself to be here. It’s a shame for the tournament that they’re not here. Certainly a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have expected to be the only one playing.”
Murray comfortable with this year’s conditions in Indian Wells
Murray has never won it all in Indian Wells as his best result at the tournament came in 2009, when he finished runner-up.
“Obviously here in the desert, the very sort of light air, thin air, the ball travels very quickly through there and also the balls were very light as well,” Murray explained.
“That’s a bit different this year, which is good. The balls are pretty, pretty heavy and are travelling through the air a little bit slower, so they’re easier to control. I wish it had been like that in previous years, but conditions this year are a little bit more to how I like them.
“But yeah, traditionally when I’ve been playing here, this has been the tournament that I struggle with because of the conditions.”