Is the Tennis "Big Four" All Washed Up? Federer Is Not Convinced!
Over tennis's last decade Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nada and Andy Murray have been the ruling elite. 2014 saw the rise of several young players promising to bring a changing of the guard, but Federer says he and his companions are not yet ready to fade off into the sunset.
The Big Four in 2014
The last time Federer won a Grand Slam was back in 2012. Murray has been battling problems with back surgery and Nadal with wrist injury and illness as well. The only member to finish the season strong was Djokovic who retains the rank of #1 player in the world. Djokovic eliminated Federer in the Wimbledon Final and Nadal won a record 9th French Open. Federer wound up winning 5 ATP Titles. However, it was Stan Wawrinka who won the Australian Open and Marin Cilic who took the US Open.
The Young Lions Are on the Prowl
Nevertheless, Federer proclaims that 2014 was not normal by any standards and that 2015 should prove to be a successful year for the Big Four. Although Djokovic and Rafael Nadal did not finish well at the Qatar Open, Federer is in the Final 4 at the Brisbane Internatonal. The other 3 in the Brisbane semifinals are Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov. These are 3 exciting players looking to make their move in the tennis world.
The Final Word
It would be very premature to assume the Big 4 of tennis will fall to the wayside in 2015. These players still have plenty to offer on any given day on the court. However, nothing lasts forever and the young lions are going to eventually pounce and take their rightful role as the reigning elite. Until we meet again may your betting be better and remember to always be a good sport.