The Big Four in tennis is now truly in the twilight as Roger federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are heading into a period of more uncertainty in terms of their of dominance in tennis and consistently winning Grand Slams between the 4 players in every tennis season over the past decade. The Big Four in tennis, who are regarded as some of the best players in the golden era of the sport, areslowly but surely coming to the end of an era as new generation of players are emerging.

The Big Four's Past Dominance.

Since the 2005 French Open, the dominance of the Big Four over the past decade can’t be argued as between them they have won 42 of the past 47 men’s single major titles. Federer was the first of the pack to reach prominence winning his first slam at the 2003 Wimbledon. Nadal would be the second to follow earning his first of many French Open titles in 2005. Federer and Nadal captured much of the attention in the tennis world through their great rivalry and memorable matches from 2007-2011.

During this time period, Djokovic and Murray continued to make progress in challenging the dominance of Federer and Nadal. Djokovic would win his first Grand Slam singles title at the 2008 Australian Open, but it wasn’t until 2011 when Djokovic finally broke through the Federer/Nadal barrier with a breakout tennis season by winning 3 of the 4 Grand Slam men’s single titles. Murray would follow winning is first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2012 despite a crushing defeat in 2012 Wimbledon at the hands of Federer just prior to the US Open.

The Big Four at the Present Time.

At the present time, the dominance of Federer and Nadal in the tennis world is long gone. Federer hasn’t won a major title since the 2012 Wimbledon and a knee injury has sidelined him for much of the season since this past year’s Wimbledon tournament. Nadal hasn’t lifted a major trophy since the 2014 French Open and has suffered a number of injuries and had a terrible 2016 season after failing to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since 2004.

Djokovic would go on to win two Grand Slams in the 2016 season including his first French Open and now has a total of 12 majors. Murray would go on to win his second Wimbledon title after becoming the first British man since 1936 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament in his great win over Djokovic at the 2013 Wimbledon.

The New Generation of Tennis Players.

Over the past of couple of years, players like Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic have been able to break through to win Grand Slams.

And while the gap is closing between the Big Four and the new generation of players, the new stars of the tennis game still have to believe.

“The gap is still big with the two players — Djokovic and Murray,” Carlos Moyá (Coach of Milos Raonic) said in an interview at the Rogers Cup this past August. “But it’s about being there, being consistent and believing that their level is going to drop, that they can be beaten now, and it’s you who can be the one.”

Young players like Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, and Grigor Dimitrov were expected by some to threaten the Big Four, but another core of young players like Dominic Thiem of Austria, Nick Kyrigos of Australia, Borna Coric of Crotia, America Taylor Fritz, and German player Alexander Zverev could end up being the successors of the Big Four.

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