That's my point though. There's absolutely nothing in the top 100 at the moment that we can all sit there and think "yes, he's going to a grand slam champion" beyond the top 4 guys (possibly Soderling and Berdych and Del Potro if he returns to full fitness and form).Players like Roddick who have been around for a decade still have a better chance of winning grand slams than the newer players like Cilic and Gulbis. There really is no new talent, and there hasn't been since Nadal, Djokovic, Murray (and I'm forgetting Del Potro) emerged to challenge Federer. Are these guys really that much better than everyone else. Why are there no new young guys emerging? The ATP tour is ageing, such that the Lujubic, Davydenko, Youzney, Melzer and Roddick are still top 20 players in their late 20s / early 30s.
No, they are not. Even in their very worst year (aside Nadal), no one challenged them.
May be an injured Del Potro who had a chance this year to rise to #3 after being absent for several months.
They were not holding young talents from rising. If this was the case, this year was a good opportunity to anyone. No one emerged ...