Tennis fans around the world are rejoicing as the grand slam season has kicked off. Things are most definitely exciting on both sides of the tour, leading many to speculate as to who will dominate the sport this year. Let’s take a look at the men of the sport.
While recent years seemingly belonged to Federer and Nadal and their classic rivalry with one another, there are a few more players in the mix who should pose a threat to them both.
As a result, no one really knows who may finish out the year with the number one ranking in the world. There are three players aside from the two of them who have a real chance, though some fans would argue that even more could enter the mix.
Obviously, there’s Roger Federer. He should always be considered the favorite to finish at the top of the rankings, as he’s done so nearly every year during the course of the last decade. Still, his age of 29 means he’s getting up there in years.
Last year, Federer’s dominance was threatened by Rafael Nadal, who legitimately owned the Swiss legend in their head to head matchups. Having beaten him in the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon the prior year, Nadal looked to be the likely heir to the throne. Still, he has injury issues that tend to get in the way.
While many are focused on Federer and Nadal, the bigger threat may perhaps be Juan Martin Del Potro. Standing 6 feet and 6 inches tall, his athleticism and power make him one of the most dangerous players in the world right now.
While Federer, Nadal, and Del Potro are the most likely contenders, there are two more who shouldn’t be overlooked.
One is Novak Djokovic, who seems to be playing some great tennis after a brief lull last year. He’s won a grand slam before and there’s no reason to believe that he can’t win some more. Since he’s ranked third in the world right now, a close eye should be kept on him.
Finally, Andy Murray is just 22 years old but his maturity and tenacity propelled him to the number two spot in the world for a few months last year. His competitive spirit will certainly make him a player worth watching this coming year.