Andy Murray reacted to the loaded bottom quarter at Indian Wells much like any tennis fan would, calling it an ''amazing draw" that should produce some big first-week matchups.

The section has No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 6 Rafael Nadal and No. 9 Roger Federer all in the same quarter, with the other seeds being Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, Fernando Verdasco and Steve Johnson.

Murray did a double take when he looked at the draw, saying, "I've never seen anything like that."

Between the top three and Del Potro, there are 45 Grand Slams won in that portion of the draw. Kyrgios, 21, and Zverev, 19, are among the most talked-about young players on tour, and could play in the third round. Djokovic could get Del Potro in that round, a rematch of their recent meeting in Acapulco. Djokovic won that match in three sets.


That's quite a group, noted Murray.

"Probably it would be one of the toughest sections of a draw of all time," he said at a pre-event press conference in Indian Wells. "In terms of the number of Grand Slams you have in that section, plus some of the younger up-and-coming players that are likely to be at the top of the game … some of them are already there, and getting better all the time. And even guys like Verdasco are in there, dangerous guys."

Murray warned that draws do not always shape up as projected, as he himself showed at the Australian Open. Though drawn to play Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Murray instead fell in the third round to Mischa Zverev.

But as another player in the tournament, he's content to be in the other half of the draw.


“It's definitely going to be tough for the guys that are there—a section you would want to be avoiding, if you can,'' he said with a smile.

Stan Wawrinka, also in the other half, had a similar reaction.

“It's quite crazy,” he said, “to see all those big names in the same quarter."

Djokovic, a five-time winner, is the defending champion in Indian Wells, while Federer has won it four times and Nadal three times.


Murray: 'Never seen anything like' Djokovic-Federer-Nadal section

Murray: 'Never seen anything like' Djokovic-Federer-Nadal section

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