There has always been talk of a big four being the top elite in tennis and nobody in the lower ranks had really looked to threaten their status for a long time. However, has the big four always been regarded as an elite comprising of the top 4 players that have dominated the tennis world over the past decade.
And while there have been those who vowed at the achievements of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – Andy Murray has always been regarded as an under achiever and considered more off an outsider to the players above him.
While Murray’s achievements had been enough, he had always lacked the final touches against some of his biggest rivals over the years and that is what kept the Scotsman always under the shadow. And while there had been enough titles and accolades in his trophy cabinet, there had been arguments that Stan Wawrinka who had managed to win the French Open last year had the same number of Grand Slams as the Scot.
Born in the same week as the World No 1 Djokovic, Murray could have achieved much more playing in a different era. But over the past year, the argument of him being an outsider seems irrelevant as the 29 year olds achievements speak ample volumes of the kind of caliber he has.
Murray has managed to help team Great Britain triumph in Davis Cup and apart from his two Grand Slam titles, the Scot managed to win Wimbledon and added to his Grand Slam tally. But his biggest achievement came in Rio as he became the first player in tennis history to win two back to back gold medals at the Olympics – something every player desires.
The Scot has changed gears in aspect to his career taking shape, especially this year but outsider or not, Murray has proved that he is part of the tennis elite and has shown signs that he can climb to the top. Also Read: Andy Murray: 'I did not get broken and that's important because I've not been feeling perfect'