Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Absence Will Benefit Youngsters at French Open: Andy Murray

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 | 0


In his column for Le Parisien, World No. 2 Andy Murray reflected on the absence of tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal from the prestigious French Open, and how their nonexistence will open the doors for youngsters.

Both Federer and Nadal were compelled to pull out of the tournament due to injuries. While the former withdrew even before the start of the tournament due to an upset back, the latter’s wrist injury marked his departure midway through the ongoing tournament.

However, Murray insists that this will make things easier for young guns like Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who were scheduled to square-off against each other with the winner meeting Nadal in the fourth round.

“Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) have both been key players in Slams over the years, and it would be easy to feel a little more pressure now both aren’t playing. It’s obviously a good opportunity, mainly for the guys who were in his section of the draw,” he wrote.

“For me it would only be relevant if I was to reach the final, so it’s more for Thiem and Zverev, as the doors opened to potentially reach their first quarter final at a young age. For them maybe it’s a little bit more pressure but it doesn’t change anything for me,” the Brit added.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded Murray is scheduled to cross the swords with American 15th seed John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals.



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