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Back in 2007, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro were all coming very strong to the scene. Today who is stepping up?

1- Gulbis: He's not young anymore.
2- Raonic: This guy has had most success ranking wise. But unfortunately no big titles. Just one 250 every year.
3- Dimitrov: Most talented of the young players. Just won a 500. But why is he insisting on pushing? He needs to be more aggressive.
4- Nishikori: Injured every other week.
5- Janowics: No titles! Will fall hard in the rankings come Wimbledon.
6- Pospisil: Beautiful game. But will he ever be consistent.
7- Tomic: ???

When and who out of the young players will step up?

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You definitely can't put Gulbis in the younger generation, he's three weeks older than Del Potro :)

Nothing unnatural or unusual about cycles in quality, tbh. Early 90s was very strong, but by the late 90s you had Moya at the top of the rankings. Then Federer comes along, then Nadal, then Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, and in 2009 Davydenko hit his career best too. That was a peak, and it's easy to see things dropping in level for a decade or so
 

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Back in 2007, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro were all coming very strong to the scene. Today who is stepping up?

1- Gulbis: He's not young anymore.
2- Raonic: This guy has had most success ranking wise. But unfortunately no big titles. Just one 250 every year.
3- Dimitrov: Most talented of the young players. Just won a 500. But why is he insisting on pushing? He needs to be more aggressive.
4- Nishikori: Injured every other week.
5- Janowics: No titles! Will fall hard in the rankings come Wimbledon.
6- Pospisil: Beautiful game. But will he ever be consistent.
7- Tomic: ???

When and who out of the young players will step up?

Thoughts?
If a guy like Dimitrov is considered the most promising of a generation, you know times are bad.
 

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Divatrov is not young, he is 22

Cilic probably achieved more aged 22 than Dimi
 

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Divatrov is not young, he is 22

Cilic probably achieved more aged 22 than Dimi
Good comparison. Lemme see, before he turned 22 (end sep/2010) Cilic had made the Aus semi final, and won five 250s. Del Potro had won the UO a year before, won two 500s and four 250s, and been runner-up at the WTF and Montreal masters. These guys did it when the top four were stronger too. Still, players mature at different rates.

OK, not exactly surprising these two had achieved more. How about Gulbis? Also born the same week. At Dimitrov's age he had won two 250s, made a masters semi, and a slam qf (when he was 19!).


Dimitrov: one slam qf, one masters qf, a 250 and a 500 title.


Looks more comparable to Gulbis. Cilic is well ahead, let alone Del Potro.
 

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Kyrgios and Coric and Kokkinakis and Garin are all on their way. :)
 

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In general, I don't think we'll be seeing many guys 22 or younger at the top of the rankings from now on. All these younger guys will be finding their best years around 25-29, like Wawrinka.
 

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There will never be a void, someone will always be at the top. The number one player won't always be a multi (read "more than five") slam winner but that's normal.
Of course there can be a void in quality. It's not a case of looking at the number 1 ranked player. In a few years, the top 10 will likely be looking very weak, probably as weak as it has done since the rankings came about.
 

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Good comparison. Lemme see, before he turned 22 (end sep/2010) Cilic had made the Aus semi final, and won five 250s. Del Potro had won the UO a year before, won two 500s and four 250s, and been runner-up at the WTF and Montreal masters. These guys did it when the top four were stronger too. Still, players mature at different rates.

OK, not exactly surprising these two had achieved more. How about Gulbis? Also born the same week. At Dimitrov's age he had won two 250s, made a masters semi, and a slam qf (when he was 19!).


Dimitrov: one slam qf, one masters qf, a 250 and a 500 title.


Looks more comparable to Gulbis. Cilic is well ahead, let alone Del Potro.
what did Wawrinka have at 22?

Lingered left and right in top 50

Now a Slam wiinner. I bet Dimitrov will win his first GS younger than Stan :shrug:
 

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tomic when he comes back will step up. at least i hope that :hysteric:
 

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what did Wawrinka have at 22?

Lingered left and right in top 50

Now a Slam wiinner. I bet Dimitrov will win his first GS younger than Stan :shrug:
Not fair, Stan is a very unique case, if you compare all young players to him then you suddenly see they are all future slam winners:rolleyes:.
Dimitrov still not chalenge top 8 yet, let alone top 4, that's just how sad the way it is. I think these guys will have about 3-4 years more to prove themself, before go down to history as just a filter gens :wavey:
 

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just bad batch of talent and generations, the truth is the current 'young' talent probably will never step up. most likely what will happen is that the older strong players now will just rule the top of the tennis world for a few extra years, and then a few good even younger generations of tennis players will come in and hop all the way to the top, usurping the poor talent pool that have been unable to do anything in the sport out of the current youth group

droughts in talent happen in every sport, particularly individual ones. fortunately the top guys who are older are remaining fairly healthy or we might be in dire straights quality wise
 
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