A few days before the start of the Australian Open, Gilles Simon sent a strong signal announcing the end of the dominance of the Big 4 (Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Federer). And he wants to take to get a place in the sun.
The period of unchallenged dominance of Rafael Nadal , Novak Djokovic , Andy Murray and Roger Federer will come to an end. This is the prediction of Gilles Simon , who has not turned into a soothsayer but rather expresses the growing ambitions of the large field of players weaned titles in Grand Slam tournaments.
“It’s hard to win one because over the last four years a member of the Big 4 going after each time. It is as if there was no chance of getting a place. I think this period will soon be over. I think there will be great upheaval in the next two years and I am ready to seize the opportunity to do something good, “he told the Frenchman from Kooyong where he played an exhibition tournament this week, just days before the start of the Australian Open.
Since the first coronation of Nadal Roland Garros in 2005, only one major title has escaped the Big 4, the 2009 U.S. Open won by Juan Martin Del Potro . The Argentine is one of the most serious contenders, like Tomas Berdych , David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga . But Simon expects more uncertainty. “There are a lot of very good players, but good look in the history of tennis, this is not necessarily the one that comes after the 5th or 6th player in the world, which was needed. Tournaments were more open , said the French. Though Pete Sampras won 14 Grand Slam titles, there was such a different winner every year Roland Garros . Everyone was hope, believed in each player’s chances of success something. I think we’ll go back in a time like this. ”
Behind this discourse, Simon clearly displays his motivation to win a major title. The Australian Open represents his first opportunity of the season and is in Melbourne he got his best result in a Grand Slam, with a quarter-final in 2009. “This is the biggest tournament I play my best tennis, recalled the 19th player in the world, eighth finalist last season. My goal is always the same: to win a major title. I was in the top 10 or the top 15 for four or five years, and what it lacks is a great title in Masters 1000 or Grand Slam. ” To do this, he must debunk the Big 4 and thus verify his prediction.