“Tennis Connected” has released their predictions of the year end top 10 players on the ATP tour. See if you agree. Better yet, write it down and see if you do better at the end of the year. Here is a few excerpts from this years article:
1. Novak Djokovic: Pound for pound, I can’t see anyone playing better on all four surfaces next year than Djokovic. He’s exceptional on hard-courts (the bulk of the season) and his clay and grass results are only second to Nadal and Federer. He’ll have his share of points to defend in ‘13, but nothing like what he faced in 2012. That being said, Djokovic should start strong and benefit from the 1500 points he gained at the WTF.
2. Andy Murray: It should be a good year for Murray, but not good enough for No. 1. The clay will again hurt his chances at the top spot, while the immense pressure at Wimbledon (even more pressure than before if you can believe it) should strike him there, and let’s not forget about his defense in New York later that summer. If there’s one solace for Murray over the upcoming season, it will be the Masters events. Not performing well in the elite tournaments in ‘12, Murray will have tons of room to improve.
9. Marin Cilic: From what I’ve seen from Cilic the past few seasons, I truly believe it’s only a matter of time before he starts challenging for majors. He’s got the height and court speed to give anyone fits, and his lack of fan fare will bode well for him in the coming years. Don’t look for Marin to be in a slam final in the next 12 months, but I think it’s reasonable to predict that he’ll be more of a factor on a regular basis.
A Few of the Comments:
Shalomo on December 4th, 2012 1:05 pm
I predict Nishikori will make it into Top 10 – not Cilic. Raonic will probably be 8-9. Nadal will have 0 points to defend for half the year so he’ll rebound to number one.
Kate on December 4th, 2012 12:44 pm
I’d be surprised if Ferrer finishes as low as number 8. He’s made real improvements to his game – serve, court positioning, transition game to the net, more aggressive groundstrokes. These improvements have enabled him to have a dominant record over Del Potro, Berdych, Tsonga, Tipsarevic and Gasquet this year. Whilst it’ll be hard to repeat the 7 titles, I think he will have another successful season. I think he and Del Potro will end the year ranked 5 and 6, in any order.
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and HERE for last years top 10 predictions.