Boris Becker says ‘Big Four’ no longer exists as he predicts two future stars

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018 | 0

For long, tennis has become synonymous to ‘Big Four’ as the quartet of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have dominated the men’s circuit in the last decade or so. Their era, however, has ended, insists former world No. 1 Boris Becker.

While Djokovic and Murray have been troubled by injuries in recent times, Federer and Nadal have been disturbed by fitness issues as well. Of the ‘Big Four’, only Nadal is alive at the ongoing French Open, having made it to the semi-finals already.

“I think the sports media have to get used to the fact that the big four do not exist anymore,” Becker, a former six-time Grand Slam champion was quoted as saying by Express.co.uk.

“It’s a difficult time for them because they continue to refer to young people as the next generation.

During the same period, young guns like Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem have established themselves as the future stars. And, Becker believes the fact that they get top seedings at the Majors speaks for itself.

“But with Zverev and Thiem there are two who have not only consolidated their place in the top 10, but both have confirmed it by second or third [seeding].

“So, the media will have to invent new terms to describe them.”

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