Murray’s Swansong and the Big Four’s Dominance

Just days ahead of the Australian Open Andy Murray announced his retirement from professional Tennis. The three-time Grand Slam winner has been battling an 18-month long hip injury. Murray broke down as he addressed the press in Melbourne on Friday, January 11. While he said that his first-round match at the Australian Open could well be his last, he hoped to carry on till Wimbledon.

Murray’s retirement will bring down the curtains on an illustrious career. The Scot holds 45 Singles titles, which include two Wimbledon titles and a win at the US Open. Following his Wimbledon title in 2013, Murray became the first male-Brit to win the Championship in 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936. He also became the first Scot of either sex to bag the top-spot since Harold Mahony in 1896. Further, he successfully defended his singles Olympic Gold from London 2012 at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At 31, Andy Murray is the first among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and him, popularly known as the Big Four in men’s tennis, to bow out. The Big Four have dominated men’s tennis for quite some time now. Federer may have turned 37 but he is playing some of the best Tennis he has ever played. Nadal has battled injuries and come through to dominate on clay, just like he always has. The Djoker, after an elbow injury in 2017, has been unbeatable in 2018. The three and Murray have crossed 30 but are showing no signs of letting their dominance wane.

The following three charts show their dominance in Grand Slam competitions as well as men’s Tennis’s top tournaments.

Andy Murray might have called curtains on his career but there still is that final ball to be served.

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