The current top 10 have remained fairly fixed for the last few years and the top 4 have had a stranglehold on the men’s game in general. Of course, no player remains the same age and in a few years the top 10 will look very different. The younger generation have struggled a little to make an impression on the top players but the breakthroughs are slowly happening.
What’s interesting is that the traditional tennis powers like France, Spain, Russia and the US are still producing quality players in high numbers, they are not producing the next superstars right now. This could change but Eastern Europe, Canada, Australasia and Japan boast the next elite and truly promotes tennis as world game.
Here’s my pick of the next generation to take over as the 10 best players in the world.
The Missile has been the most dangerous so far of the young bloods with this Sampras-esque bombs and crushing forehand all coming from a 6’5″ frame. Hard courts are his base camp and with 4 titles already, he will be a Grand Slam winner at least at the US Open.
Titles so far: 4
Vs. Top 10: 9-17
Bernie’s rise through the ranks has been a well-documented roller coaster. Perhaps not enough has been said about his tennis, which is deceptively powerful and comes with the kind of variety of shot making that only Murray and Federer possess.
Titles so far: 1
Vs. Top 10: 2-15
Touted as the most talented of the new generation, Grigor is starting to make good on that estimation with a big win over Djokovic in Madrid (2013) and stringing the wins together. It’s an impossible task to live up to his hero Federer, but there is no question he will be competing for Grand Slams.
Titles so far: 0
Vs. Top 10: 2-19
Japan’s most successful player is not intimidated by anyone, evidenced by his his 8 wins over top 10 players. He’s solid as a rock from the baseline and what he lacks in one lethal shot, makes up for in overall shot making. Kei already has wins over Federer and Djokovic.
Titles so far: 3
Vs. Top 10: 8-19
The tall Pole tore through the Paris Masters event in 2012, which served notice to the tennis world. He’s temperamental but if he can keep his head on straight, looks to be a player no-one wants to play. On indoor surfaces, expect him to win some big titles.
Titles so far: 0
Vs. Top 10: 2-4