Timing can be cruel sometimes.
In any other era, Andy Murray would have won a lot more Grand Slam titles and finished his career as one of the all-time greats.
Instead, the British star played during a time where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reigned supreme.
While he still won three Grand Slams, including two at the All England Club, it isn’t quite the 20 majors Federer has next to his name, or the 17 Nadal has won, or even Djokovic’s 14.
But given American tennis legend Pete Sampras is the only other man in the history of the game to win more than 12 Grand Slams, Murray is arguably the most unlucky player to every play the sport.
Murray has lost eight Grand Slam finals during his career, falling at the hands of Djokovic on four occasions, which incredibly, have all been at the Australian Open, where he also lost to Federer in the 2010 decider.
Imagine if that record was reversed.
Djokovic also beat him at Melbourne Park in the 2012 semi-final, in what was one of the 10 Grand Slam semis he has lost in his career.
Another indication of how close he has been in so many Grand Slams.
Murray sent the tennis world into a spin on Friday after breaking down at a press conference at Melbourne Park.
The 31-year-old indicated the Australian Open could be his last tournament due to a lingering hip issue, which hasn’t fully recovered from major surgery a year ago.
The injury prevented him from playing anywhere near his best during a practice session with Djokovic on Thursday.
Murray is set to face Spain’s world No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round of the Australian Open, in what looms as one of the more difficult first round match-ups.
If the Australian Open is his final appearance, Murray will go down as one of Britain’s greatest ever tennis players with his record extending far beyond just the Grand Slams.
Murray has 45 ATP titles to his name, including 14 Masters Series 1000 crowns and two Olympic gold medals.
When he defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, he became the first British male to be world No. 1 since 1936.
During the most competitive era in the history of the game, Murray has been a phenomenal player.
Although, had he played at another time, he would have a better resume.