Monday’s staggering United States Open final between Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic brought with it more than just two fresh faces in a men’s final. It quite possibly signaled that the Big Four’s dominance was withering at a rapid pace.
At least that is what Cilic believes could be the case over the coming season:
“Well, it’s a bit of a change-up year considering all the past years that these top four guys were making to the final,” Cilic told the press following his win. “Wawrinka opened the doors for us from the ‘second’ line, and I think most of the guys have now bigger belief that they can do it on the Grand Slams.”
“Just over here as well, Kei beat Wawrinka, beat Novak, and Milos, so played amazing, amazing tournament. I think it’s gonna be extremely interesting for the next several, for sure, Grand Slams,”
The new breed of young talent, including the likes of Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, have already solidified spots in the Top 10, and could even wrestle away a qualification spot in the Barclays World Tour Finals from British No. 1 Andy Murray.
Yet that does not mean they will face little resistance from the quad of top competitors, as it has been clear that Djokovic, Nadal and Murray are yet to play their best tennis in this latter part of the season.
“They are going to get only better,” he said, though he does not expect the Big Four to go away. “So the competition is going to get very difficult. But still, I mean, I feel that it’s more opportunities for everybody—I mean, all these top guys for sure, and the guys from second line.”