Chance for players other than Big 4 at US Open

August 25, 2014 • National News

FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, Milos Raonic celebrates after defeating fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the men’s singles final match at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington. Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense _ or hope, maybe _ among the best of the rest on the men’s tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two 23-year-olds, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, broke through to their first major semifinals at Wimbledon.

Perhaps this year’s U.S. Open will be the tipping point for the rise of a new generation. But recent history suggests that if an outsider seizes on the trace of vulnerability in the “Big 4″ to win in New York, it’s more likely to be a veteran.

“We didn’t have many young players who were able to challenge for top spots and win Grand Slam titles,” Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic said. “So this is something that is happening now, but it’s still a Login to read more

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