Three-time champion Rafael Nadal returns this weekend to one of his favorite non-clay events on the calendar, the Indian Wells BNP Parisbas Open. Meeting the press on Wednesday, Rafa spoke about the dominance of the Big 4 – Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and himself – the last decade or so.
“It’s pretty amazing what has happened in the last 10 years,” Nadal said Wednesday. “The same players are achieving almost everything. That is something that I think has never happened in the history of our sport.
“Novak [Djokovic], Andy [Murray], Roger [Federer], myself,” he said. “It’s something special. It’s something that is finishing. I don’t know if [it will happen] in one, two, three, four years, but for everybody it finishes. Hopefully we created a good example for the next generations.”
Federer also weighed in on the topic, “You’ve created really household names and I think that’s good for the game, having Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray basically (win) most of the slams over the last decade,” Federer told the Desert Sun. “And it’s a very, very strong generation of players who have been very good for the game.”
“There are some very good players coming up, but it’s a little bit of a gap to fill because of just how dominant those four have been.”
Nadal, who as defending champion was stunned by Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round last year, has a 41-7 record at the event winning the title in 2007 (d. Djokovic), 2009 (d. Murray) and 2013 (d. del Potro).
After his first title in nine months in Buenos Aires a few weeks ago. Rafa will open his bid for a fourth Indian Wells crown against the winner of Igor Sijsling and Filip Krajinovic match on Sunday.
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The cracks have definitely been showing the last couple of years, mostly due to various injuries. I know a lot of people who are ready for the new names to hit the big time but I’ve really enjoyed the big 4 run and hope it will continue for a little longer.
March 12th, 2015 at 11:09 am