The so-called Large 4 of fellows’s tennis will unite for Group Europe for the primary time at this yr’s Laver Cup.
- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have received 66 of the final 76 males’s grand slam singles titles
- Group Europe has received all 4 Laver Cup titles because the first used to be held in 2017
- This yr’s match will probably be held at London’s O2 enviornment in September
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, who ruled males’s tennis for just about 20 years, will now search to assist Group Europe take care of its dominance over Group Global at this yr’s males’s group match.
Europe captain Björn Borg, an 11-time grand slam champion himself, mentioned having all 4 stars of the sport in the similar group used to be a historical second.
“I do not believe I will have imagined having those 4 icons of the game on one group in combination,” he mentioned.
“I do know they, like I, admire the importance of this second.”
Djokovic, the newest of the crowd to decide to this yr’s match — which is ready to be held at London’s O2 enviornment in September — mentioned it used to be a singular alternative.
“[The Laver Cup] is the one festival the place you’ll play in a group setting with guys that you are generally competing towards,” he mentioned in a commentary.
The dominance that Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray loved on the pinnacle of worldwide tennis is extraordinary: the quartet have received 66 of the previous 76 grand slam titles.
By means of triumphing over Nick Kyrgios in this year’s final, Djokovic ensured that probably the most large 4 has received each and every males’s Wimbledon name since 2003.
Extremely, up until February this year, probably the most 4 used to be global primary for a span stretching 18 years.
All the way through their height, the quartet of stars have been reputedly unstoppable at the males’s tennis circuit, leaving the rest of the top players at a loss at how to break their stranglehold on the sport.
In consequence, 3 of the 4 mopped up main titles and ensured they saved a monopoly of the arena primary spot.
Nadal (22), Djokovic (21) and Federer (20) have all received a minimum of 20 grand slam titles as essentially the most dominant trio within the historical past of the game.
Even if Murray claimed simply 3 majors, he additionally reached 8 additional grand slam finals and became a two-time Olympic champion earlier than assuming his career was over due to a persistent hip injury.
Murray, who will probably be making his first look on the Laver Cup this yr, since made a outstanding go back to the excursion, winning the European Open simply 10 months after hip resurfacing surgery.
Murray’s damage woes and the then-37-year-old Federer’s diminishing output, supposed some assumed their era was nearing its end at the 2019 Australian Open — just for Djokovic and Nadal to mop up 11 of the following 13 titles.
The Laver Cup, named in honour of Australian legend Rod Laver, has been held once a year since 2017, even though there used to be no match in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Performed on arduous courts, the match pits six of Europe’s highest gamers — captained through Borg — towards a remainder of the arena group, which is captained through US legend John McEnroe.
The one Australian to participate, Kyrgios has represented Group Global at every of the final 4 tournaments, one in every of simply 3 gamers who’ve seemed in each and every match along John Isner and Alexander Zverev.
Group Europe hasn’t ever been crushed within the match.