Over the course of the past decade, the ATP’s “Big 4”—Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray— has collectively dominated at the Grand Slams and the majority of the ATP Masters events.
“Majority” is the key word because as a group, they haven’t run away with the titles in Paris, the last regular-season stop on the calendar.
Between the four of them, they’ve won the tournament only six times, with the bulk of the heavy lifting done by Djokovic, the all-time title leader with four. The six combined titles is their lowest at any of the Masters events, followed by nine in Shanghai, which has a much shorter history than Paris.
Murray did manage to break through in the midst of his winning streak that took him to No. 1 for the first time in 2016 by beating John Isner in the final.
But perhaps the most surprising result among the group is that Federer, who’s won 25 of his 99 career singles titles indoors, has only triumphed in Bercy once. That was back in 2011 when he beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.
That’s also the only time the Swiss has contested a championship match in Paris. He did manage to win, though, in his lone final, unlike Nadal, who lost his only appearance in the title round back in 2007 to David Nalbandian.
Nadal won’t be making a return trip to the final this year as he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an abdominal injury, and Murray’s season has been over for a while now as he works his way back to full health. Djokovic and Federer are still contenders, with the Serb looking like the favorite.
Maybe one of them will be able to add to the group’s title haul in Paris and build momentum heading into London, where they’ve been much more successful over the years.
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