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I've reviewed the age of Top 100 players to see which years are best represented among the younger generations. There are a lot of guys from 1990, while only one born in 1994 and only one born in 1995.

It's quite evident there is no dominant player in the SIX LONG YEARS from 1988 to 1994; and a lot of hope from 1995 to 1997.

1988: Gulbis, Cilic, Dolgopolov
1989: Nishikori, Klizan, Young, Sousa, Paire, Bedene
1990: Raonic, Goffin, Janowicz, Pospisil, Lajovic, Delbonis, Berankis, Bagnis, Rola, Struff
1991: Dimitrov, Carreno Busta
1992: Tomic, Sock, Dzumhur, Duckworth, Krajinovic
1993: Vesely, Thiem
1994: Pouille
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POSSIBLE CHANGE OF ERA?? WHY? WHAT CHANGED AT THIS POINT IN TIME??
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1995: Kyrgios
1996: Coric, Kokkinakis, Chung
1997: Zverev (possibly Rublev joining the Top 100 shortly)
 

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God assorted less tennis talent those 2 years worldwide.
 

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God assorted less tennis talent those 2 years worldwide.
It might be more than that. It seems like the world could no longer produce dominant players after 1987, and it slowly got worse until 1994, when the world was barely able to produce a Top 100 player.

Then, all of sudden, something changed, and since 1995 a new era seems to have dawned. :)

But WHY??:confused:

Maybe something changed in the way coaches taught children to play tennis? Perhaps they realised that baseline tennis was more important than ever, and understood how to take advantage of the new racquet technology? When the new generation players were 10, in 2005-2007, Nadal was winning everything on clay and Roger was winning everything elsewhere.
 

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Then, all of sudden, something changed, and since 1995 a new era seems to have dawned. :)
Isn't it kind of premature to say that, though? Those young guns haven't even achieved yet what Del Potro, Cilic and Nishikori did when they were tennagers: winning an ATP tournament. No teenager has ever won a title since them, although Raonic was close. We still have to wait and see, really.
 

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Isn't it kind of premature to say that, though? Those young guns haven't even achieved yet what Del Potro, Cilic and Nishikori did when they were tennagers: winning an ATP tournament. No teenager has ever won a title since them, although Raonic was close. We still have to wait and see, really.
OK, let's wait and see. But I think it's already safe to say that they look much more promising than the 1991-1994 generation.
 

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God assorted less tennis talent those 2 years worldwide.
It might be more than that. ...
But WHY??:confused:

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Yep, it's more than that.

God assorted talents evenly but Satan stopped them from playing tennis so that Fedal can dominate till the kingdom come.

Fortunately angel Michael hid Nolandy from the Satan view untill it was too late to stop them.

Satan then tried all his tricks with rigged draws, Spanish doctors etc. but Mother Mary of Medjugorje would send Cilic or Michael would give uncanny strenght to Soderling etc.
 

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OK, let's wait and see. But I think it's already safe to say that they look much more promising than the 1991-1994 generation.
Yeah, I agree that they look a lot more promising than the generation(s) above them.

The tennis world has changed a bit over the last several years, and we have a lot of old guards today playing as if they were still 25. With the new guns climbing up the ladder on top of that, men's tennis might become very competitive for several years to come even after Roger's inevitable retirement.
 

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From an excel worksheet, rankings by age of today's youner players and former greats created last Octover. If anyone knows how to retain column alignment please let me know and I'll re-post it.

As of Oct. 25, 2014
Ranking at age
Player Date of Birth 17 18 19 20
Connors Sep-52 10
Borg Jun-56 8 4 4
McEnroe Feb-59 264 18 4
Lendl Mar-60 324 74 20
Agassi Apr-70 56 18 5 4
Sampras Aug-71 188 91 12 6
Federer Aug-81 682 104 36 12
Ferrer Apr-82 1087 367 167
Nadal Jun-86 77 46 3 2
Djokovic May-87 338 153 63 6
Murray May-87 541 359 45 11
Nishikori Dec-89 603 286 63 418
Raonic Dec-90 1386 915 373 156
Dimitrov May-91 1049 344 338 64
Kyrgios Apr-95 1395 289 152 (19) 54
Nishioka Sep-95 793 590 168
Kokkinakis Apr-96 766 387 (18)158
Chung May-96 593 336 (18)184
Coric Nov-96 367 93
Zverev Apr-97 765 (17)135
 

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Still a bit too early to write them off. Kyrgios still has to jump Tomic, Dimitrov, Raonic and Kei in order to really put the generation ahead of him at risk of being jumped.
 
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