LONDON (AFP) - Milos Raonic became the latest man to be foiled by the Grand Slam stranglehold of the "Big Four" when he ran up against the Wimbledon brick wall of Andy Murray and, like others before him, was left scrambling to find hope in the wreckage.
The 25-year-old insisted he will "leave no stone unturned" in his bid to return to a Grand Slam final and become the first Canadian to win one of the sport's four major titles.
However, recent history makes brutal reading for Raonic as well as the likes of other hopefuls such as Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and the badly fading Grigor Dimitrov.
Since Roger Federer won the first of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2003, 45 of the following 52 Majors have been claimed by the sport's pre-eminent forces - Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Three of those to break the pattern are long retired - Andy Roddick (US Open 2003), Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004) and Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005).
Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner, has undergone four wrist injuries which pushed him to the brink of retirement while Marin Cilic has come nowhere near to adding to his 2014 win in New York.
Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open winner, is still a serious contender at world No. 5 but he is 31.
"I'm going to work on everything. I'm not going to leave any stone unturned," said Raonic after his 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) defeat on Sunday.
"I'm going to try to get myself back in this position, try to be better in this position.
"I'm going to try to get fitter, stronger. I'm going to try to improve my return game, improve my serve. Improve my efficiency coming forward."
The last man outside of Murray, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal to triumph at the All England Club was Lleyton Hewitt back in 2002.