The fading of the ‘Big Four’

Talking Tennis Points

Men’s tennis has been dominated by four players in particular over the past five years but this season the gap is closing with the fringe players looking to pounce on those at the top. Already, Stanislas Wawrinka has claimed the first major of the season and now there are questions over whether Rafael Nadal will defend his French Open crown after failing to win in Barcelona. Can Nadal, Federer and Murray keep up with the unstoppable Djokovic with more challengers breaking through?

The week before Nadal was beaten by Nicholas Almagro in the 500 event, the world number one was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters by David Ferrer. Both tournaments were dominated by the Spaniard where he had outstanding records and you could count the number of defeats on one hand. Perhaps these losses are just blimps in form and besides, Rafa is still the…

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