Sport Serving bombers threaten tennis's big four

22:27  12 july  2018
22:27  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Del Potro is largely seen as an unfortunate loss in terms of potential (though through no fault of his own). His US Open victory signalled a readiness to step up to the very top and threaten the Big Four ’ s stranglehold on the tennis world

In tennis , the term Big Four refers to the quartet of men' s singles players comprising Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.

  Serving bombers threaten tennis's big four © REUTERS/Andrew Boyers Serving monsters John Isner and Kevin Anderson stand between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic extending the big four's 15-year mortgage on tennis's most prized asset.

Nadal and Djokovic will clash in a box office Wimbledon semi-final on Friday night, with the winner of the 52nd instalment of their epic rivalry to face either Isner or Anderson in Sunday's championship decider.

Between them, three-times champion Djokovic, Nadal, fellow dual winner Andy Murray and dethroned eight-times king Roger Federer have won every men's singles crown since 2003.

Now the superstar quartet 's reign is under siege from serving bombers Isner and Anderson, who have rocketed down some 284 untouchable deliveries in their first-time forays to the final four at The All England Club.

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In addition to his own 161 aces, the 208cm-tall Isner has won every single one of his 95 service games, facing a measly seven break points in five matches.

Little wonder the 33-year-old is feeling "pure elation" and ready to continue his title assault against the 10th-seeded Anderson.

"Very, very happy to be in this position right now in the semi-finals. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here," Isner said.

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The Tournaments. " Big Four " Dominance. The " Big Four " of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray have dominated tennis during the start of the century.

Since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open, the big four had won 36 of the subsequent 38 grand slams until Marin Cilic broke the spell against Kei Nishikori.

"This is amazing. It's by far the best grand slam I've ever played in my career, and I've been playing for 11 years. I'm super happy.

"To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special."

After taking out Federer in spectacular fashion from two sets down in their quarter-final, Anderson is a win away from a potential repeat of his 2017 US Open decider against Nadal.

The South African lost that match in New York in straight sets and is desperate for a shot at redemption, having learnt some harsh lessons from his maiden grand slam final appearance.

"I didn't give myself as much of a chance to win that match from a mental side," Anderson said.

"I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective. There's hopefully two more matches still to be played. I'm sort of more focused on that than getting too excited about the overall picture."

Isner, who famously unleashed 113 aces on Nicolas Mahut in his 11-hour, five-minute Wimbledon victory over the Frenchman in 2010, leads Anderson 8-3 head to head.

The American has won their past five meetings.

"We haven't played in a few years, which I think is a little bit weird," Isner said of his former American college rival.

"It's always close, always very close. When you match up with two big servers, inevitably the matches are going to be close.

"I'm going to expect a very tough match on Friday. I think he will expect that, as well."

Tennis-Del Potro rides big serve into Wimbledon round two .
Fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro thumped down 22 aces to blow away the Wimbledon first-round challenge of Germany's Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday and said his serve was the key to playing better on grass. The Argentine, nearly two meters tall, appears often to be playing on a miniature court such is his reach and stride. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Sponsored by Finder.com.au He used his height to great effect in a regulation victory over Gojowczyk, breaking the German's serve once in each of the first two sets and twice in the third."I serve really well today.

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