They dominated and are still news. It is 15 years in a row with the Top 2 of the ATP world ranking dominated absolutely by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Yes, only they occupied the first two positions of the tennis classification in this period.
In July 2005, Nadal became champion in Stuttgart, when this tournament was still being played on clay, after defeating the Argentine Gastón Gaudio in the final and, the next day, the Spanish broke for the first time in No. 2 in the world and It marked the best position of his career until then, being surpassed by the Swiss.
From there, they already add 15 consecutive years with two members of the ‘Big 4’ in the top two places in the ranking. It is true that the Scottish achieved fewer titles, especially Grand Slam, than the Swiss, the Spanish and the Serbian, but he was also the only one who joined the historical men of the ‘Big 3’ who could be No. 1 in the ranking World Championship since February 2004, when Federer first climbed to the top.
This dominance of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray in the Top 2 is unique since the ATP created the list in August 1973. There has never been a quartet that monopolized tennis so much for 15 years in a row. The last player to be No. 2 in the world apart from ‘Big 4’ was the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, when he held this position until July 24, 2005. And the previous ones that debuted in the Top 2 were the American Andy Roddick and the Spanish Juan Carlos Ferrero.
In these 15 years, there were 11 tennis players who occupied the No. 3 position in the classification, but were left wanting to climb further: these are the Argentines David Nalbandian and Juan Martín del Potro, the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, the Russian Nikolay Davydenko , the Spanish David Ferrer, the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the Canadian Milos Raonic, the German Alexander Zverev, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the Croatian Marin Cilic and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, who is currently in that position.
Federer holds the record of 310 weeks as No. 1 in the ranking, while Nadal has the time limit mark in second place, since he occupied that place for 339 weeks. In addition to the two of them, Djokovic and Murray were also on the throne and, in fact, the Serbian is the current ATP leader. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, since mid-March the ranking is frozen and the time for any item is not computed.
During this hegemony of the last 15 years, the most dominant combination in the Top 2 was that of Federer-Nadal or Nadal-Federer, in any order, with 322 weeks (not consecutive). Then they continue like this: Nadal-Djokovic or Djokovic-Nadal, with 213 weeks, Djokovic-Federer, with 110, Djokovic-Murray, with 103, and Murray-Nadal, with 13.
Therefore, they dominate this sport with breadth. In fact, in the Grand Slam and Masters 1000, the ‘Big 3’ dominates the historical lists at will. Without a doubt, another milestone that they mark in tennis, in this case with Murray as an ally.