LIAM BROADY has given his verdict on the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka
Liam Broady has lauded the level and consistency of the ‘Big Five’. The British No 4 branded Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka “freaks” while making the observation. Broady recently qualified for the Australian Open main draw for the first time, but lost to Nick Kyrgios in round one.
Broady is continuing to approach a top 100 rankings breakthrough, having recently qualified for the first Grand Slam of the season.
The 28-year-old served as Britain’s team captain at the recent ATP Cup in Sydney before going to Melbourne for the qualifying event and winning three matches to earn his main-draw debut.
But he ran into a very tough opening round opponent in Nick Kyrgios, who was playing his first match since September.
Despite a long injury lay-off and a recent Covid infection, the Aussie was his usual pumped-up self in front of the home crowd and managed to produce an impressive performance to dispatch the Brit 6-4 6-4 6-3, throwing in a tweener underarm serve.
Although he was unable to make it past the first round, Broady has since made an observation after playing more tennis Down Under.
“The more I play tennis the more I realise what freaks the guys at the top of our game are,” the world No 128 tweeted on Saturday.
“And then beyond them sit Rafa Roger Novak Andy and Stan.
“How can you be so good and win so consistently against such good players for so long?”
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all share the record for most Grand Slam male singles titles, tied on 20 apiece.
Meanwhile Murray and Wawrinka both have three each, while Murray has also been able to join the Big Three at the world No 1 ranking spot, with 2004 the last time one of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray haven’t held the top position.
And from the 2005 French Open until the 2020 US Open, all but two Grand Slam titles were won by the Big Five, when Juan Martin del Potro won the US Open in 2009 and Marin Cilic won it in 2014.
Even when some of them have been struggling with injuries, the others have stepped up to continue their dominance.
When Federer and Nadal weren’t at their best in 2015 and 16, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka split the Grand Slams between them.
And when the tables turned in 2017 and early 2018, it was Federer and Nadal who won all the Majors while the others were out injured.
Broady himself has only ever faced Murray, losing to him in straight sets in the 2016 Wimbledon first round, with Murray going on to win the tournament.