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10 Young ATP Stars to Watch out for in the Future

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, more commonly known as the Big 3 in men’s tennis, has enjoyed loads of success and praise in the past couple of decades or so. They have been entertaining us even to this date. But let's be practical here; their careers are soon coming to a close and the time is nigh for some of the younger players to take up the mantle. Good news is, there are many young and talented players out there that are very much capable of reaching greater heights. Let us look at 10 young ATP stars who have the potential of leaving their marks, post the Big 3 era.

#1. Alexander Zverev

More commonly known as Sascha on tour, Alexander Zverev is a former World Number 1 junior player and a definite future star. The German became one of the youngest Challenger title winner in history at the age of just 17. Moreover, during his teens, the German won two ATP titles and had also collected a huge win over the then World Number 3, Roger Federer. As of now, Sascha has claimed as many as 11 ATP titles including 3 ATP Masters 1000 titles. Winning so many titles at such a young age had earned him praise from some of the top tennis stars. Nadal is believed to have tipped Sascha as a possible World Number 1 while Djokovic hopes that the German can surpass his titles tally some day.

Current ATP Ranking: 7th

Current Age: 23 years

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#2. Alex De Minaur

Born in Sydney, Australia, Alex De Minaur is one of the bright prospects in the tennis world. Although De Minaur spent most of his days in Spain, he truly believes that he is a proud Australian. The Aussie began playing tennis as early as three years at the Sydney Private Tennis Academy. During his junior days, De Minaur reached a career-high juniors ranking of 2 and went on to claim the 2016 Australian Open Boys’ Doubles title alongside fellow Australian Blake Ellis. At just 21, De Minaur as already captured 3 major titles, and there is without a doubt more trophies, and perhaps Grand Slams in store for him. He sure has potential, and the tennis world is ecstatic to see what De Minaur has to offer in the coming years.

Current ATP Ranking: 26th

Current Age: 21 years

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#3. Borna Coric

A potential future tennis star, Borna Coric hails from Croatia. At just 23, Coric has had some memorable moments in his professional career so far, and quite surely there’s many more to follow. The Croat burst into the limelight in 2014 and has only gotten better and better from thereon. The following year he broke into the top 50, and a couple of years later, he finally got his hands on his first ATP title in Marrakesh, where he bounced back from a set down to stun Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. The following year, Coric stunned the then World Number 3 Zverev and World Number 1 Federer en route to his second ATP title in Halle; arguably one of the best moments of his life to date. Beating Federer who was on a 20-match winning streak on grass speaks volumes about the young Croat. Surely, he’s got a bright future and only time will tell whether or not the Croatian can scale greater heights.

Current ATP Ranking: 33rd

Current Age: 23 years

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#4. Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev is a young Russian tennis player, who began playing the sport at the tender age of 6. His father Sergey Medvedev was the one who encouraged the young Russian to take tennis seriously. In the year 2014, Daniil turn pro, and it was not before 2017 that the Russian reached his maiden ATP final and won his first-ever Grand Slam match. But this was just the start, and soon, Daniil had finally punched above his weight in 2019. It was in this year that Medvedev reached six consecutive tournament finals, including the US Open Final and three ATP 1000 Masters events. This surely goes to show that Medvedev has it in him to go deep in tournaments, and that is certainly a big plus. The Russian has already pocketed seven ATP titles including two ATP 1000, and with age on his side, he is surely one to watch out for in the coming years.

Current ATP Ranking: 5th

Current Age: 24 years

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#5. Denis Shapovalov

At just 21, Denis Shapovalov has already impressed many with his eye-catching strokeplay. The Israeli born Canadian turned pro in 2017 after some fruitful moments at the junior level where he was ranked number 2 and won a Wimbledon Singles Title and a US Open Junior Doubles title with fellow Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime. His early years as a professional tennis player was very good as he reached an ATP 1000 Master semi-final and made it to the top 50 in the world rankings. In his short professional career so far, Denis has already collected wins over top players like Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, and Rafael Nadal. Moreover, he has already tasted success by winning his maiden and only ATP title so far in Stockholm where he defeated Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in straight sets. Time is most definitely on Shapovalov’s side, and only time will tell whether or not the Canadian can make it big. He has potential, that’s for sure!

Current ATP Ranking: 16th

Current Age: 21 years

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#6. Dominic Thiem

Austria’s finest, Dominic Thiem has so far had a wonderful career and has amassed 16 career singles titles already. But what seems to be missing for him is that elusive Grand Slam crown. He has already made it to three Grand Slam finals (1 Australian Open and 2 French Open), but came second best every time. Now, with the big three on the verge of bidding goodbye, Thiem’s chances of finally getting his hands on a Grand Slam title has shot up drastically. Already a star, Thiem is just 26 now and definitely has the potential to bag more titles before he hangs up his boots. The tennis fans around the globe will surely hope the Austrian can soon win his maiden Grand Slam. Good luck, Dom!

Current ATP Ranking: 3rd

Current Age: 26 years

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#7. Felix Auger-Aliassime

The youngest player on this list, Felix Auger-Aliassime is undoubtedly the player to watch out for in the future. His successful junior career wherein his singles career stats read 79 wins and 19 losses, including Junior US Open Grand Slam title in 2016, clearly shows this young man is destined for greatness. After winning the Junior US Open title in 2016, the following year the Canadian turned professional. So far, Auger-Aliassime hasn’t had his hands on a title, but he has shown great signs of becoming a future star. He has already collected victories over top players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, and Nick Kyrgios. Although the Canadian does not have any titles to show for his efforts, he has made it to the finals on a few occasions and this clearly shows he has got the pedigree to become a tennis great.

Current ATP Ranking: 20th

Current Age: 20

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#8. Karen Khachanov

Khachanov is a Russian tennis player of Armenian descent. He started playing tennis at the tender age of three. Khachanov turned pro in 2013 and made his Davis Cup debut that very year for Russia. Two years later, Karen won his first ATP Challenger title in Istanbul where he beat top seed Sergiy Stakhovsky while being unseeded. The following year, Khachanov won his first-ever ATP title, and the following year, he claimed his maiden victory over a top 10 player. The next year was very fruitful for the Russian as he claimed big victories over John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, and Novak Djokovic en route to his first-ever ATP 1000 Masters title in Paris. Khachanov has only gotten better ever since, and with 4 titles already under his belt, the Russian is hungry for more.

Current ATP Ranking: 15th

Current Age: 24 years

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#9. Matteo Berrettini

Berrettini is an Italian tennis player who turned pro in the year 2015 at the young age of just 19 years. Now at 24, the Italian already has some noticeable wins over top players and has bagged three ATP singles titles. His first came at the Swiss Open Gstaad when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final in 2018. The following year, Matteo won two more titles, one at the Hungarian Open and the other at the Stuttgart Open. Berrettini has also won a couple of doubles titles as well and looks all set to add more silverware to his cabinet in the coming years. 2019 was a very satisfying year for the Italian, where his win-loss ratio read 43-25. With the big three almost at the brink of retirement, Berrettini is most certainly a top contender for establishing himself at the biggest stage. Good luck, Matteo.

Current ATP Ranking: 8th

Current Age: 24 years

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#10. Stefanos Tsitsipas

A former world number one at the junior level, Stefanos Tsitsipas has all it takes to become one of the best tennis players in the world. The man from Greece is just 21 years and has already pocketed 5 ATP singles titles, including one of the biggest titles of his career so far – the ATP Tour Finals title in London in 2019 where he beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in a thrilling three-setter. The Greek has so far had a stellar career and he has just started his journey. There is a long way to go, and the signs already look ominous for his fellow counterparts. Stefanos has already tasted success against some of the top players in the world, and there is no reason why he can dominate the next decade of world tennis. Can he do it? Well, only time will tell!

Current ATP Ranking: 6th

Current Age: 21

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Conclusion

With players such as the above, we can safely say that men’s tennis is heading in the right direction, post the Big 3 era. In fact, Croatian tennis star and 2014 Men’s Singles US Open champion Maric Cilic once said, “The future of men’s tennis is in really good hands”. Marin, we all believe you!

© 2020 Ronald Daniel Sampson

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