Any Tennis fan is definitely familiar with the expression “The Big Four." It essentially represents the whole history of this sport in the last decade. The great performances reached during this period are almost completely attributed to this select group. Its distinguished members are: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. The order in which they are mentioned is not random since it also represents a ranking based on the number of Grand Slam trophies won by each of them (in the ATP circuit a Grand Slam title is the most valuable prize a tennis player can attain.

Some figures that speak for themselves

The four tennis players listed above managed to gather a fabulous “joint record” – a total of 44 Grand Slam trophies. 17 of them belong to Roger Federer, 14 to Rafael Nadal, 11 to Novak Djokovic, and 2 of them belong to Andy Murray.

In other words, one of these remarkable players won every Grand Slam edition over the past decade. There were only a few exceptions in this period. They can be counted on the fingers of one hand: Marin Cilic won the 2014 US Open, Juan Martin del Potro won the 2009 US Open, Stan Wawrinka triumphed at the 2015 Roland Garros, and at the 2014 Australian Open. Besides, Wawrinka is Andy Murray’s direct competition for a spot among “The Big Four."

Murray vs. Wawrinka

Although the two have two Grand Slam trophies each, the Scotsman has one more achievement to brag about, the Olympic gold medal in the men's singles competition (London 2012).

Moreover, Murray is the leader when it comes to lost finals. In the Australian Open alone he achieved the “performance” of losing all 5 finals in which he competed. Besides, since 2009, Murray has been a constant presence in the ATP top 3. On the other hand, Wawrinka’s performance fluctuated over time.

His performance peaks were often followed by long breakdowns. Although we might call him “the eternal runner-up” without the fear of being wrong, Murray still deserves his spot among the select few listed at the beginning of this article.

The rivalries among the 4 legends of men’s tennis will certainly stand as important pages in the history of this sport.

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