Andy Murray reveals why he'd choose to coach Roger Federer over any other player

Andy Murray decided to use his time wisely while in quarantine after entering the US Open “bubble” – by taking questions from his 1.7 million Instagram following.

Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Dunblane, is part of the field for “Cincinnati” – which has been moved to the same New York site as the US Open amid the coronavirus pandemic – and is gearing up for a return to competitive action for the first time since last November.

Players are undergoing strict testing measures after joining the United States Tennis Association’s biosecure “bubble”, with one positive test confirmed for a non-player already, and players are isolating upon arrival.

Murray, 33, decided to fill the time by answering questions from his social media followers.

In a wide-ranging Q&A where he was asked if the earth is flat – ‘No, and if you think it is that’s not good news’ – and joked that a ‘hair transplant is the next step’, Murray gave some insight into how he views his colleagues in the tennis bubble.

There was no doubt in Murray’s mind who he would love to coach most: ‘Roger Federer because I would learn a lot and would be interesting to talk tennis with him, watch him train and he would win a lot.’

Federer’s great rival Rafael Nadal was named among the three players he loves to watch most.

‘Always loved watching Rafael Nadal,’ he added. ‘Great energy… great attitude… great player.

‘Also Gael Monfils, amazing what he can do and always makes me smile. Nick Kyrgios, too, when he’s focused.’

Picking between Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic at their respective peaks was more difficult for the world No. 129.

Asked to choose between 2006 Federer, 2010 Nadal, 2011 Djokovic and 2016 Murray – the season where he finished as world No. 1 – Murray replied: ‘I’m last!

‘No idea who would win out of the others.. probably depends on the surface.’

As for the greatest of all time (GOAT), only one word was required: ‘Serena.’

Roberto Bautista Agut was named as his most underrated player, while the one shot he’d steal from a colleague would be John Isner’s serve – ‘and it’s not even close’.

There are several high-profile absences from the US Open, including Federer, Nadal, Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, defending champion Bianca Andreescu, reigning Wimbledon champ Simon Halep and world No. 1 Ash Barty, but USTA chiefs are satisfied that the event will be a success.

USTA CEO and executive director Mike Dowse said on Wednesday: ‘As far as our field, in context of the times and how different the world is, I couldn’t be happier. It’s exceeded our expectations.

‘On the women’s side we have 10 former Grand Slam champions and seven former No. 1s, 81 of the top-100 players.

‘On the men’s side we have seven of the top-10 players in the world playing, eight former Grand Slam finalists, 90 of the top-100 men playing.’

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