Tennis News: Healthy Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal welcomed by Andy Murray

Tennis News: Healthy Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal welcomed by Andy Murray

Andy Murray has risen in the world rankings mainly due to his great play in recent years and is now at World No. 2 behind top player Novak Djokovic.

But the rise of of Murray in the ATP rankings can also be attributed to the fall of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who were part of the elite group in tennis before they suffered from various injuries.

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But Murray stated in a recent interview that he wants to see both rivals healthy in the 2017 ATP season, because the sport is more competitive with Federer and Nadal both at their 100%.

“I think it would be great if Rafa and Roger could get through the year sort of injury-free and be playing their best level again, because I think tennis is better when they’re around,” Murray stated in a press conference in Shanghai, China where the British pro is playing for the Shanghai Masters 2016.

Murray was also appreciative of what Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has done for the sports of tennis and hopes that both are healthy for the new ATP season next year.

“They’re two of the best players of all time, and, you know, that’s been unfortunate this year. So hopefully, you know, they are both fit and healthy next year, and I think that’s good for the game,” Murray added.

Roger Federer has already committed to play at the 2016 Hopman Cup in early January as part of his preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the 2016 Australian Open. Rafael Nadal has missed a few tournaments to end the 2016 season but is expected to be healthy in January as well.

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