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From left, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, winners of a combined 35 Grand Slam singles titles.
Aside from Juan Martin del Potro’s U.S. Open win in 2010, you would have to look back to the 2005 Australian Open for the last man to win a Grand Slam not named Federer, Murray, Djokovic or Nadal.
That’s a very, very long time.
While Murray has just established himself as a member of this elite company with his first major victory at last year’s U.S. Open, he also won Olympic gold in London. Between them, the four men have 35—yes, you read that right—major titles, and they will be adding more soon.
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic named the four as the top flight of men’s tennis, with a second flight of del Potro, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the rest of the players on a third flight, according to Reuters.
“We all know who’s going to be in the semis and finals,” he said. “I would like to see one of those guys … Tsonga, Berdych or del Potro maybe stepping in and doing some damage, but it’s too hard.”
Indeed, the problem with breaking the Big Four’s stranglehold on the Grand Slams is you usually have to take out two of them on your way to the title, often in back-to-back matches.
One day, someone else other than Roger, Rafa, Novak or Andy will rule the courts. Just don’t expect that day to come any time soon.