2014: Passing of the Torch or just a Fluke
"If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer. I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him."—McEnroe
"Nadal never takes a point off. He's fighting as hard as he can the whole time."
“Andy Murray can be a legend like Fred Perry"-Tim Henman
"Djokovic is the total package right now. His combination of pace of shot on his ground strokes and the amount of court he is covering is impressive. He can hurt you from anywhere on the court."-Jim Courier
The legends have proclaimed the greatness of these players. The Big 4 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray) as they are called has ruled tennis for quite a long period of time. They are legends in their own aspect and have skills like no one has seen before. But In 2014 we witnessed something we hadn’t seen before. The grasp of the Big 4 of tennis, the men who dominated this era of tennis seemed to loosen up a bit on the grand slam tournaments. They dominated the tennis circuit for quite a while but in 2014 we witnessed new champions and contenders emerge to challenge the authority. In 2014 we saw the emergence of the new generation of players, player like Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinkathat changed the whole complexion of the tennis circuit.
It all started at the start of the season where in a major upset, Stan defeated Nadal to claim the Australian open trophy. Though it was business as usual at Roland Garros, Wimbledon saw the real coming of age of a few players.Young Aussie Nick Kyrgios defeated 14 time Grand slam winner Rafael Nadal in a lopsided match. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were taken to the limit in the semifinal by two young stalwarts of tennis: Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori but they somehow survived.
At the US open the game changed completely. The old warhorses were no match for the new and hungry contenders as history was rewritten. US open 2005 was the last grand slam final not to feature at least one player of the big 4 but it so happened in 2014. Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori did the impossible as they defeated the champions of tennis to script history.
With experienced players like Del Potro and Nadal making a comeback in 2015 it will be extremely difficult for the new breed of players to make a mark in the circuit. The Big 4 is predicted to be the dominating force in 2015 as well and it will be tough for anyone to cause a major upset. It was quite evident from the level of the Wimbledon 2014 finale that the old warhorses are here to stay. The young blood has to work extremely hard and at least try to reach at the same level on these players to be a able to cause a concern, because as of now the royalty of tennis will remain strong in the coming years.