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By Nick Georgandis                 Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Andy Murray doesn't get much run when it comes to talking Grand Slams, unless it's a conversation about England's curse (hey, 1936 was only 76 years ago!) or asking who's the best player to never win one. But if Murray and fellow Top Four players Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer can all reach the semifinals at Roland Garros this week, the quartet will set ATP history. The same male players have never reached the semifinals of three straight Grand Slam events. In fact, until this year's Australian Open, it hadn't even been done twice in a row until Murray, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic achieved the feat.

To make it three straight final fours, Djokovic must take out Tsonga; Federer must stop ninth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro ; Murray must sidestep David Ferrer (sixth seed); and Nadal will need to best fellow clay court wizard Nicolas Almagro.

At the 2011 US Open, Djokovic outlasted Federer 6-7(9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in one semifinal while Nadal took out Murray 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. At the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic rallied past Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 in one semifinal while Nadal ousted Federer 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 in the other.