Jim Courier talks of the impact of Roger Federer’s farewell on his fellow Big-4 members

Jim Courier, the former American player speaks about the impact Roger Federer's retirement will have on the other members of the Big-4 and leave them visualizing their future.

Jim Courier and Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Jim Courier and Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer‘s farewell was very much emotional in many ways, especially with his arch-rivals being present beside him during the final moments of his journey. It was quite amazing to see the camaraderie between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray and share some amazing memories together keeping aside their rivalries to come together to be part of Team Europe in Federer’s final tournament.

Jim Courier, the former American player spoke about the impact that will be left behind with Federer’s retirement, especially on the members of the Big 4 and it will take some time for everyone to come out of it. He said “Murray, Novak, and Rafa are all connected. In a way, they saw their own end and their future through this moment. It was special and that’s probably why Rafa was so moved. It was an emotional moment. It will take time for all of us to process what we have been through.

Courier further added “We don’t necessarily write the script for its release in advance. But Roger managed to do that, so they could share this moment together. That’s what made this moment even more special. Their laughter, their tears, the handshakes. It will be in a movie one day. It was almost impossible to write that it would happen like that. It was amazing.

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray played together at the Laver Cup for the very first time

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Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic

The Big-4 came together for the very first time to be part of Team Europe and it was quite monumental since it was Federer’s final appearance in Laver Cup as a team player. Four of them have won 66 Grand Slam singles titles in the last two decades and have proved their dominance in most of the ATP tournaments.

Roger Federer became the first player to win 20 Grand Slam titles in the Open era but due to his absence from the court since the second half of 2021, Rafael Nadal surpassed Roger Federer’s record after winning two titles in 2022 and stands at 22 Grand Slam singles titles followed by Novak Djokovic in the second place with 21 Grand Slam singles titles.

But on the contrary, Andy Murray has managed to win only 3 Grand Slam titles despite being in most of the semifinals or finals where he would encounter the Big-3 at most times.

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