New Delhi: With Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic taking on each other at the 2014 US Open final on Monday, new set of challengers are ready to stamp their authority in the world of tennis. It is the first time in nine years that a men's Grand Slam final doesn't feature a player from the 'big four'. After sharing nearly a major share of the Slams in the recent decade, the 'big four' now have competition for titles and that is a good sight for the tennis fraternity.
It all started with Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, who trumped Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open. That victory gave the whole set of regular performers of the newer generation something to build on. Flushing Meadows will witness a new champion on Monday and it will be refreshing for the fans all around the world to laud two evolving stars.
Kei Nishikori is the first man in history from Japan to book a berth in a final of the men's singles Grand Slam. On the other hand Croatia's Marin Cilic, will look to replicate the success of coach Goran Ivanisevic, who had won the Wimbledon in 2001. Both these players beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the same day in the semi-finals. The intent of both was mesmerising to watch as they broke the code to get past the 'big four' in the latter stages.
Marin Cilic cited that Wawrinka's Australian Open victory gave the players from the second group immense belief. He also stated that the next few years will have an interesting phase with the newer generation challenging for the slams.
Kei Nishikori has seemed to go big at the US Open after overcoming the likes of Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Djokovic. Croatia's Cilic, meanwhile, too has beaten big players such as Tomas Berdych and Giles Simon, before taming Federer. Therefore the final promises to be a mouth-watering clash, between two upcoming players.
Having been tipped as stars of the future in recent years, Ernests Gulbis, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov have also moved closer to making a breakthrough after all made Grand Slam semi-finals this season. Also the likes of Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer have constantly been at the tail of the 'big four'. These set of players who haven't had much luck in Slams, will look to earn much needed belief from Wawrinka, Nishikori and Cilic.
The men's singles show promises aplenty from now and gone are the days where only the 'big four' would rule the roost!