With tennis being as cyclical as any other sport in terms of its champions and the power distribution at the top of the game, this meant a great deal to not only the Scot but to his regular opponents and other top seeds.
This is of course due to one less elite-standard obstacle being in their way. While everyone on the ATP tour is of a certain standard, when a talent such as Murray is absent, many tennis stars won't lose sleep over his injury.
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Juan Martin Del Potro is another player who has benefited from Murray's absence. In the last month, the Argentine has reached three ATP finals, matching the amount he had managed over the course of 2013 leading up to October.
Murray should be worried about this in the event that he comes back less than the superior athlete he was prior to bowing out.
While he's been out of action, the 26-year-old has watched players he might have beaten on the way to his own tournament finals get stronger and more experienced. They're lapping up the added freedom that's been injected to the tennis scene of late.
When he returns, however, the Wimbledon titleholder may find that the landscape has changed. He may no longer be the figure he was before his departure and may have to re-lay some foundations brick by brick.