Redefining Big 4?

TXM

New User
If Delpo wins USO, can we say we have new Big 4 because they won one major each in 2018? I know Delpo is not at the same level as Murray in terms of achievement, but is he in the top tier at the moment?
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
If Delpo wins USO, can we say we have new Big 4 because they won one major each in 2018? I know Delpo is not at the same level as Murray in terms of achievement, but is he in the top tier at the moment?
Yes, definitely. The original term was coined because Fedalovic and Murray were the ones winning the Slams or at least getting to the finals. Murray is out of the equation now and Djokovic has triumphantly returned. If Del Potro can win his 2nd Slam on Sunday that will certainly seal it. This, of course, is different from assessing the Big 4 in terms of overall achievement.
 

hipolymer

Hall of Fame
The truth of the matter is that there never was such a thing as the big 4.

From 2005-2010 it was the Big 2 (Nadal and Federer)

From 2011-2016 it was the Big 2 (Nadal and Djokovic)

From 2017-present it's the Big 3 (Nadal and Federer and Djokovic)
 

Indigo

Semi-Pro
No. Also, we have never had Big 4 actually. It was a term made to make Wimbledon organisers happy, British media and public and of course Royal family happy, you know, all those classy people... There was always only Big 3.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
Murray and Wawrinka seem to be done.

Big 3 currently - Fedalovic.

If Delpo wins US open (remember he was just in semis of FO and quarters of Wimby, losing to Nadal each time), then yes, new Big 4 for the current moment. Rafa and Fed seem questionable moving forward, so might be down to Big 2 soon, new Big 3 if Thiem can keep up his intensity...
 
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NBP

Hall of Fame
The truth of the matter is that there never was such a thing as the big 4.

From 2005-2010 it was the Big 2 (Nadal and Federer)

From 2011-2016 it was the Big 2 (Nadal and Djokovic)

From 2017-present it's the Big 3 (Nadal and Federer and Djokovic)
2015-16 was quite clearly Djokovic and Murray - no idea why you've stretched it to include Nadal in his worst years.
 

hipolymer

Hall of Fame
2015-16 was quite clearly Djokovic and Murray - no idea why you've stretched it to include Nadal in his worst years.
Forgot about Nadal's poor form there, but Murray only won one slam in that period. Wawrinka won two.

Regardless, the point is that the "big 4" are rarely, if ever, all at the peak of their tennis at any single point in time.
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
If Delpo wins USO, can we say we have new Big 4 because they won one major each in 2018? I know Delpo is not at the same level as Murray in terms of achievement, but is he in the top tier at the moment?
Hmmm no
 
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