Predicted Highest-Ranked Male Tennis Players in 5 Years’ Time
With an illustrious group of young tennis players rising through the rankings, I look at who I think the Top 10 male singles players in the world will be in 2021…
- Novak Djokovic – Despite turning 34 in 2021, I strongly believe that the undisputed current world number one will continue to rule supreme over the rest of the field. The Serbian is ridiculously fit, has been fortunate with injuries and has been simply unplayable over the last few years. I for one wouldn’t bet against him continuing his world domination for years to come!
2. Andy Murray – Born a week before ‘Nole,’ the Scot will be the same age in 2021 as Roger Federer is now. I can’t see him, nor anyone else for that matter, surpassing the colossus that is Djokovic. However, IF he can remain largely injury-free, Murray’s quality and fitness will continue to serve him well for many more seasons.
3. Milos Raonic – The Canadian was severely hampered last year by two surgeries but has started 2016 with a BANG (only injury prevented Raonic beating Murray in the Australian Open semi-final). Currently aged 25, Raonic has accumulated eight career titles and certainly possesses both the technical and mental capabilities to reach the very top.
4. Dominic Thiem – This exciting Austrian is just 22-years-old but has already risen to 20th in the ATP rankings. With an elegant, Wawrinka-esque one-handed backhand and three career titles under his belt already, many are tipping Thiem to go onto great things. Only Thiem will tell!
5. Borna Coric – At the tender age of 19, Coric is the youngest player inside the world’s top 50. He was awarded the ‘ATP Star of Tomorrow’ in November 2014 and is certainly well on his way to achieving his ambition of reaching the world number one ranking. The Croatian has already registered victories over his idol Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in his short career and genuinely looks as though he could go down as one of the greats. Early days, I know!
6. Alexander Zverev – The 6’6” German is the youngest player in my ‘Top 10’ and the world’s top 100 at just 18! Zverev, who won the Australian Junior Open in 2014, recorded his first Grand Slam victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili in a pulsating five-set contest at Wimbledon 2015 and concluded 2015 by succeeding Coric as the ATP Star of Tomorrow. Zverev vs Coric could be a historical rivalry indeed; you heard it here first! No pressure, kids!
7. Grigor Dimitrov – After his semi-final appearance at Wimbledon 2014, the Bulgarian’s career has somewhat stagnated, desperately struggling in 2015. Dimitrov reached the top of the junior rankings so undoubtedly has the ability to win Grand Slams and I’m confident he will do so soon.
8. Jack Sock – The American has actually had more success in doubles thus far in his career, reaching a high ranking of sixth. But don’t let that fool you; this guy can really play and has an incredibly bright future ahead. With an attacking style and destructive serve, there’s no wonder the comparisons have been made with Andy Roddick. Big boots for Sock to fill, then! (No pun intended!)
9. Nick Kyrgios – Controversial. Provocative. Fiery. Take your pick. Australian Kyrgios has hit the headlines for pejorative reasons; be it swearing, ‘tanking’ or answering his phone on court! But as he showed by stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2014, Kyrgios has unparalleled flair (with THAT shot!) and undeniable ability. If the 20-year-old can concentrate on his tennis, he is destined for an incredibly successful career.
10. Bernard Tomic – Part of the exciting crop of young (and controversial!) Australians, Tomic broke onto the scene by becoming junior world number one and winning the 2008 Australian Junior Open and the 2009 US Junior Open. With various disciplinary incidents holding him back thus far, the 23-year-old will be hoping to put these behind him to progress up the rankings, letting his tennis do the talking.