First it was the Roger Federer Era, then the Rafael Nadal Era followed by the Novak Djokovic Era. So is this the start of the Andy Murray Era? After winning the ATP Finals and finishing No. 1 with an emphatic win over Novak Djokovic, even Murray isn’t so sure, but he’d like it to be.
“I never thought about that,” Murray said Sunday. “I’d obviously want to try and achieve as much as I can these next few years because I’m not going to be around forever. I’m not going to be able to play at this level and play this many matches into my mid 30s.
“These next few years, obviously I want to try and make them the best of my career, yeah, try and win as much as I can. But it’s going to be tough because as you get older, you know, the young guys are going to keep improving and getting better. There’s some really good young ones now.
“It’s going to be hard, but I’ll try to keep going.”
At 29, Murray is much older than his Big 4 contemporaries who were younger when they first reached No. 1, and Djokovic will still be around a few more years and Federer and Nadal are expected to be back to full health to start 2017, but it’s possible.
Murray will be No. 1 at least through the Australian Open, though he could lose it right after, but with Djokovic defending so many points at Indian Wells and Miami and then on the clay, Murray has a good chance of staying on top of tennis until next July.
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