After safely negotiating his way through to the second round of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Jo-Wilfred Tsonga stated his bold belief that the reign of tennis' big two – Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer – is over.
His comments stem from the fact neither managed to make it to the recent Australian Open final, which was contested by World's number three and four Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Frenchman Tsonga believes that is a sign that their years of dominance, stretching back to 2005, is coming to an end, saying: "Federer and Nadal are not alone at the top of the rankings any more. Djokovic and Murray are beating Nadal and Federer very often, all the players are improving their games. It's not just about Nadal and Federer anymore."
It certainly sounds exciting for anyone following the live tennis scores
, but is he right?
After all Nadal bowed out in Melbourne half-fit after suffering a muscle injury in his right leg. If he can recover in time the clay season is nearly upon us – and it would take a brave man to say Nadal no longer dominates on that surface and those who follow the goalwire latest scores
should remember this.
Plus before the tournament in Melbourne the pair had won 21 of the last 23 titles (12 for Federer, 9 for Nadal) from the 2005 French Open through the 2010 US Open.
At 29 there is a case for suggesting Federer's sky high standards are on the wane, but again it would be foolish to write him off completely. Credit instead needs to go to Djokovic, who is in the form of his life and is gaining rewards for an improvement in his game over recent months.
I would certainly hold fire when suggesting the pair's dominance at the top is over. One swallow doesn't make a summer and so one Grand Slam without one or both of them in the final doesn't signal the end of an era either.