Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have performed in history-defining matches at the 2012 Wimbledon and French Open tournaments. It’s a strong reminder that men’s tennis is in the midst of a truly remarkable Golden era.
Since the advent of the Open Era, there have been two prior Golden eras:
1978-1984: Bjorn Borg became a Wimbledon superstar and dueled with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the last of the old wooden racket era. Flushing Meadows, New York brought tennis to prime-time TV. It was also an age of throwback heroes, thinking man’s tennis and classic battles enshrined by coming-of-age Baby Boomers.
1990-1995: Andre Agassi’s arrival to tennis brought a cooler image and revolutionary approach to baseline power tennis. The all-time King of Swing Pete Sampras crossed paths with McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and other late-prime stars including Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. The quantity of top players was high, but this would diminish with Agassi’s demise late in 1995.
2007-current: Tennis is now in its third Golden era. This will be expounded with many factors that surround the concentric forces of Federer and Nadal. The following 12 frames feature the case for this epochal time.
The world's great age begins anew…The golden years return…The earth doth like a snake renew…Her winter weeds outworn…Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam…Like wrecks of a dissolving dream. –"Hellas" by Percy Bysshe Shelley