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And with Djokovic and Murray winning their quarterfinals in straight sets, the “Big 4” had dropped only three sets between them in five rounds.

Players ranging from former No. 1 Andy Roddick to retired greats have talked about the gap between the top four and the rest of men’s tennis widening. No. 7 Tomas Berdych, after losing in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the 2010 Wimbledon final against Nadal, said it was “probably the toughest time to play because of those four really strong guys … making almost history every week.”

On Wednesday night, Ferrer confirmed the gap.

“I think the top four players, they are better than the other ones,” the Spaniard said.

And he wasn’t sure the disparity will be closed any time soon.

“No, I don’t think so. Because the last year, the top four players plays all the finals in the Grand Slams,” he said. “They were there in the final rounds. And this year they are doing it again, so …

“I think the top four, it’s another level.”