Is the ‘Big Four’ Domination Waning in Men’s Tennis?

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 | 0

The ‘Big-Four’ have taken men’s tennis by storm ever since the term was coined to refer the dominating quartet of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The foursome have managed to stage fierce competition among themselves over the years that has created an aura of their own, putting in shadow the rest of their contemporaries.

It all began with Federer winning the prestigious Wimbledon title back in 2003. Who would have imagined back then that the rail-thin 22-year-old would go on to amass 17 Grand Slam titles – a record that still stands atop.

Just a couple of years down the line, the tennis world saw the rise of Rafael Nadal, who earned a major breakthrough by pulling off the French Open crown in 2005. He went on to impose unparalleled supremacy, especially on the red dirt, winning nine of his 14 Grand Slams at the French Open.

Then came Novak Djokovic, who clinched first of his 12 Grand Slams at the 2008 Australian Open. His dominance has been such that many believe that the 29-year-old will outshine Federer’s 17-Slam record. And one can hardly argue on that, looking at the way he has been making headway.

Completing the quartet is Britain’s Murray. Once considered a premier journeyman, Murray rose to fame by winning the US Open 2012. In the same year, he upset Federer to win the gold medal at London Olympic Games. He added two more majors to his tally with the most recent triumph coming at the Wimbledon this year. And he looks all set to add a few more to his three-Slam tally.

Among the last 52 Grand Slams since 2004, the ‘Big-Four’ have won 45 of them. The quartet has virtually knocked out all their fellow tennis players even before a tournament begins. Such has been their aura. However, of late, their preeminence has taken a beating with some of dangerous floaters coming to the fore, often upstaging the perennial favourites on the big stages.

One among them is Juan Martin del Potro, who challenged the existing stereotypes by clinching the US Open title in 2009. Five years later, Stanislas Wawrinka defied the odds to win the 2014 Australian Open. In the same year, Marin Cilic triumphed at the US Open. Wawrinka justified his tag of big-match player by winning the French Open 2015, and also, the recently-concluded US Open 2016.

Yes, the domination of ‘Big Four’ is somewhat waning, but they neither are, nor will they ever be dismantled.

The ‘Big Four’ in Numbers

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
Australian Open 4 1 6 0
French Open 1 9 1 0
Wimbledon 7 2 3 2
US Open 5 2 2 1
Total Grand Slams 17 14 12 3



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