Andy Murray is currently having the best season of his career as he heads into the ATP World Tour Finals as the World No. 1. In a recent interview, Murray said that the “Big 4” Era of tennis may be over with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not competing at the final tournament of the season for the first time since 2001.
“Injuries have played a pretty big part. When somebody is not playing for six months like Roger then they can’t maintain their ranking. Rafa, when he was just starting to play better, he had this problem with a wrist and that has set him back a bit,” Murray told The Sun.
“Stan Wawrinka winning at the US Open against Novak in the final was a bit of a surprise, maybe. I think next year will be interesting. That will be the time to sort of tell whether it’s done and that era is past,” he added.
It should be noted that the “Big 4” of tennis consists of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. However, Federer and Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in 15 years.
Federer, who is already 35 years old, will return next season but he is already out of the top ten rankings for the first time since 2002. On the other hand, Nadal is having a bounce back season before a wrist issue forced him out late in the season.
According to The Guardian, Federer and Nadal are already past their prime and they cannot avoid the injuries piling up due to their age. Also, Novak Djokovic, who has been on a tear for the past three years, has lost his passion to stay at the top in the middle of the season.
Andy Murray has the opportunity to cement his legacy even more with Federer and Nadal on the sidelines and Djokovic succumbing to pressure. Besides Murray and Djokovic, the new “Big 4” in tennis will likely include Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.
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