Writing for Forbes, Danielle Rossingh explained why Roger Federer's return to winning ways is not just good but necessary for tennis. She listed out the lack of rivalries, the inconsistency of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, and failure of the youngsters to perform on the big stage as her reasons.
From Forbes :
Their match-ups are so interesting because they offer fans a complete contrast of playing styles and personalities: the elegant Federer with his stylish one-handed backhand and an aggressive game style built on a killer serve and outstanding footwork against the hard-working, never-say-die Nadal, who pummels his opponents into submission with lengthy baseline rallies and is never beaten until the very last point.
Although top-ranked Andy Murray and second-ranked Novak Djokovic – the other two that together with Federer and Nadal make up the Big Four - had been the two most dominant players of the past few years, they have both struggled with their form this season. The pair, who contested four Australian Open finals between 2011 and 2016, both lost before the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.
Although the likes of Kyrgios, Japan’s Kei Nishikori, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Canada’s Milos Raonic and Germany’s Alexander Zverev have been touted as potential successors to the Big Four, no man born in the 1990s has managed to win a major singles title.
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