New York: As Andy Murray reaches the pointy end of the draw at the U.S. Open, he finds a familiar face in Novak Djokovic waiting in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Murray and Djokovic have met 20 times, four in Grand Slam finals - each winning twice. In his latest conversation with The New York Times, Murray discusses his role in the so-called Big 4, the four players who have dominated men's tennis in the past 10 years.
Q. There are many statistical measures by which you, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have separated yourselves, but do you buy into the concept of the Big 4, that you four are somehow a separate category of players in the past several years?
A. I wouldn't say it's a separate group. Also, all of those guys have obviously won more than me as well. But the amount of times all of us have been in the latter stages of a Slam, people got used to seeing it, TV got used to seeing it, and that's where the whole Big 4 thing started. I don't know how many times all four of us were in the semis - but it was three in the semis pretty much every single time at the beginning. So that was obviously where it came from.