Former World number 1 Boris Becker believes Novak Djokovic is the only remaining part of the Big 4.
“Part of the process”: Boris Becker
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray were often referred to as the ‘Big 4’ of tennis due to their immense success over a long period of time.
“While it is sort of melancholy watching the great champions fade, it is also exciting seeing the younger players blossom.” wrote Boris in his column for the Daily Mail. “One thing for sure is that it is part of the natural process and you cannot avoid it, no matter what your name is.”
“Djokovic the only constant”
Since winning the Wimbledon title in 2018 to end a 2-year Grand Slam drought, Novak has gone on to win 8 of the next 12 Grand Slams that were played.
Becker said: “One constant is that Djokovic is the last man standing from what used to be the Big Four. The other 3 have a lot to contemplate about and the changing of the guard is well upon us.”
“Andy Murray, who was once added into this Big 4 bracket should be looking to play as much as he can until Christmas and then take stock and think about what his body allows him and what it doesn’t. By the end of season he should know whether he wants t continue. The only way for him to find out what his body allows him is through matches, not by practice sets. He should be looking to get a consistent run of tournaments under his belt.”
The 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold medallist, Murray will be looking to complete a three-peat at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, which start from the 24th of this month and faces a motivated Novak Djokovic on his path to the career golden slam.