2013 Tennis Predictions: My Top 10 Starts With Djokovic As We Begin The Shift Away From The Federer-Nadal Era
by Sean Randall | December 30th, 2012, 8:30 pm
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‘Tis the season to make predictions so herewith my thoughts on 2013. With Rafael Nadal’s continued absence dampening the start of the new tennis season, we still have quite a race at the top with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray this January. And maybe, just maybe, some new faces. Like I say every year, let’s hope (I’m talking to you Delpo!).

Now to handicapping the 2013 Top 10:

1. Novak Djokovic
Now fueled by donkey cheese, at 25 he’s in the absolute prime of his career and there’s little indication he’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Plus, with Nadal on the mend it’s very possible he takes the French to complete the career Slam. If he can resist the gluten and maintain his health, he should collect two more Slams at a minimum and have the top ranking locked up after winning another US Open in September.

2. Andy Murray
Riding the wave of his Olympics/US Open double, I think the Scot puts forth a strong follow-up campaign perhaps pocketing another Major to finish just behind Djokovic. Andy enters on a 7-match Grand Slam win streak and he finished winning 13 of his last 14 matches in Majors only losing to Federer in a match he held the lead in. Who would have thought that last June?

3. Juan Martin Del Potro
After finally getting over that wrist injury, we saw Delpo start to make his move last season. Other than losses to Baghdatis in Sydney and Llodra at Paris, no one outside the Top 10 beat the big fella, and he twice beat Federer indoors to wrap up the year. He’s still just 23 and if he stays healthy (the big “if”) I think he’s in the No. 1 conversation come the US Open.

4. Roger Federer
He got Wimbledon but the loss to Berdych at the US Open and zero indoor titles in three fall events signal decline. Nadal’s injury issues should make things slightly easier draw-wise for the the Swiss who’ll be turning 32 in August, but with Djokovic, Murray and Delpo still lurking he’ll need help to reach #18. A reduced schedule should keep Father Time at bay, but could impede his ability to accumulate those cheap ranking points.

5. Rafael Nadal
Put me in the group of those not buying this stomach virus. The knee likely isn’t right and even if it was I seriously have to wonder about his future durability on hard courts. Unlike a stomach virus, chronic knee issues like he’s had often never ever totally go away (that’s why they are chronic!) so when he does return it’s conceivable it won’t be for very long before another interruption. What pity. But all that said, he’ll be even more determined on the dirt.

6. David Ferrer
He won’t do better than his career season of a year ago, but even into his 30s he remains such a tough test on any surface. Work ethic matters, folks. And who knows, might he finish as the Spanish No. 1?

7. JW Tsonga
Guided by new coach Roger Rasheed, the Frenchman should get back in the fold of being a factor late in Slams. He’s too good of a talent not to be. And he’s too good of a player to stay a patsy for the elite another season. The first two months will tell me a lot.

8. Tomas Berdych
Now 27, the Czech helped lead his country to Davis Cup glory. With that checked off the bucket list does he have the fire, the passion to take his game to the next level and contend for the top spot and Slam trophies? I’m not sure. But he’ll play enough to remain a Top 10er and reprise his favorite role as a darkhorse at the Majors.

9. Marin Cilic
A knee injury stole 8 weeks at the start of 2012, but he came back and put together a solid season. Only 24 (he seems like he should be in the 30s!), he’s entering that 24-26 sweet spot I like. Maybe he’ll have a sweet year, too.

10. Milos Raonic
Will 2013 be the Next Big Thing’s coming out party on the big stage? Hard to say for the Canadian who started the year so well yet faded toward the end. The game, the head are intact but I have to question if he has the will to match.

The toughest part of picking the Top 10 is avoiding choosing the same players over and over again from previous years. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that guys like Djokovic, Murray, Federer, Nadal, Ferrer, Berdych and even Tsonga won’t be back in the Top 10 at the end of the next season. It’s been the pattern for many years now and outside of Raonic and perhaps Jerzy Janowicz there’s no superstar on the horizon that I can see who’ll break into that upper crust. Yup, Bernie, Ryan, Grigor. Sorry guys.

That, however, doesn’t mean we’ll return to the Federer-Nadal finals. Unfortunately, I fear we may never see the two greats battle in a Major final again. Yet with Djokovic and Murray marking the new rivalry, the future won’t be so bad, will it?

Other guys to keep an eye on for 2013 are Kei Nishikori, Gilles Simon, John Isner, Martin Klizan and Sam Querrey who really came on strong the back half of this past season. All five could pop in and out of the Top 10 at some point.

The big wildcard of any season is health, just ask Rafa. Fortunately for Djokovic and Murray, the top two guys as I see them, the duo have been relatively free from bodily defect of late. Federer is aging and with each passing year more susceptible to injury. And while Ferrer and Berdych appear to be sturdy in their build, Del Potro and Tsonga, however, are always at risk.

Hopefully, though, injuries won’t play much of a role once Rafa returns in February. And we’ll get another season filled with fun and intrigue. And maybe I’ll even get a pick or two correct!

Australia begins in just two weeks. Happy Holidays everyone.


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80 Comments for 2013 Tennis Predictions: My Top 10 Starts With Djokovic As We Begin The Shift Away From The Federer-Nadal Era

jane Says:

“Fortunately for Djokovic and Murray, the top two guys as I see them” … Nice.

I was thinking about it, and I can’t recall the last time neither Fed nor Rafa were in at least one of the top two spots. Maybe 2004? Am I right?

Anyhow, Happy New Year to Everyone on this thread too!


harry Says:

Tennis-x admins and posters: Wish you a happy new year ;) Hope you all had a good Christmas…

A shout-out to Wogboy, mat4, grendel, alison, skeezer, jane and the other regular posters…


skeezer Says:

Donkey cheese will rule!
But be wary of the Chocolate.
Poker and Crackers will fizzle, not sizzle.
And tea and biscuits, will not fit.
Argentine beef and wine will be fine,
But Czech stew will be…… ewwww,

In the end it will be cheese and chocolate, and too much Frito Mallorquin will be the downfall of the great Bull of Mallorca.

Btw, Put me in the group of those not buying this stomach virus. Yowza.


jane Says:

Nole’s already playing at Hopman Cup. Ana Ivanovic won her match with Schiavone 6-0, 6-4 and Nole’s on with Seppi now, up 3-0 set one. I guess Tomic beat Haas earlier.


Wog boy Says:

harry,

Thanks, good to see you back, all the best to you too:)

jane,

Haas and Tomic played day before yesterday, watched the match. In the second match Andrea got badly injured and left court craying, her father was craying too. It was the same knee she had operation on few years back. Future doesn’t look good for her, tennis future.


Wog boy Says:

“crying” :(


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Are you watching Nole, I already left home, does he look tired?
He flew in last night after 6-7 hours flight from Abu Dhabi and he is already playing.


jane Says:

Wog boy, yeah, Nole definitely looks tired, and Cahill mentioned it. But he’s taken the first set 6-3 and he’s not playing baldy at all. It looks VERY hot! Seppi is enjoyable to watch; he had such a good year last year too. Nole will have to dig out this second set, keep points short if he can.


jane Says:

ha ha, i meant “badly” not baldy. I think Andreas has great hair. Who is baldy these days? Davy? Oops, I don’t want to offend the Great Davy. ha ha.


The Great Davy Says:

You can call me baldy or balsy or badly. But I have am not bald as your thinking… just ask Mrs. Davydenko ;)

Your favorite Nadal on my other hands, he is becoming baldy every day. Every day since 2009, the year Soderling and I play for real.


jane Says:

^ Lol! I’ll take your word for it Great Davy.

Wog boy, Nole won 6-3, 6-4. They asked him which is hotter, Abu Dhabi or Perth; Nole laughed and said “Perth, definitely”. The crowd got a kick out of it. :)


jane Says:

Weird: when he went to leave the court, the little kids were pushing against the wall to get an autograph, so Nole stopped as usual, and then the short wall fell down against Nole’s legs, I think his calves? Anyhow, he just left the court, left his bag there and everything. The camera followed him down the hall and he seemed to have a wee limp. I hope he wasn’t injured! :/ He’s set to play mixed doubles soon I think. Hmmm.


Humble Rafa Says:

Who is calling the Great Davy baldy? The next two weeks of the year belongs to the Great Davy according to the Mayan-Davian calendar.

Great Davy shaves to head to trick opponents into thinking he is old.


jane Says:

Here’s an article about the barrier falling, but anyhow Nole and Ana are on court now so hopefully it was nothing:

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-and-ana-ivanovic-power-serbia-to-hopman-cup-win-over-italy/story-fnddkxkr-1226545733590


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. Who concocted that bit of drivel? A 10 yr old? #SheerPoppycock


Sienna Says:

sean Randall you show the insights in tennis world like schoolgirl.

Roger was clearly in grea shape at O2 and Djoker was a bit lucky to win the final could and maybe should have been other way around. So based on that you put TMF in fourth place.

He totally outgunned the Murray slamwinner.
Be reday to be put in your place and get all egg on the face.


The great Czech Bird Says:

The year belongs to the great Bird from Czech..3 slams & 6 master 1000s. wait and watch!


Sienna Says:

Reabout Nadal.
If the knee is not right after 7 months of rest then you better get real Sean Randalf.
Do you really think by youre claim that is the knee is not healed he can reach 5th place?

He can reach 5th place if his knees are ok AND when he can become 100% match tough within a few months even as quick as before Garros!

That is almost impossible but impossible is nothing but unlikely. he will not be defending his clay points so very hard for him to stay in top 5.


Michael Says:

There is no stopping Novak, the bludgeoning machine. I think he will retain his No.1 even in 2013 and may go on to win more than two majors. He has a genuine chance this time even at Rolland Garros where Nadal might come back after a long lay off which may tilt the scales against him. If he has his way, he may even go on to win the coveted Grand Slam. The only player who is capable of stopping the Novak’s juggernaut would be Andy Murray but as we all know he is extremely inconsistent. As regards Roger, No.18 would be a dream which may or may not be realized. But even his present achievements are more than sufficient to demonstrate his greatness. The new star on the horizon in 2013 may be Del Potro or the dark horse might be Raonic. Nevertheless an engrossing 2013 awaits the Tennis Fans


Wog boy Says:

To all posters and staff, we are sending you New Year from Aussieland. It is little bit used but not much, not quite New but still OK.

Happy New Year


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks for all the updates:)


skeezer Says:

Randalf? Lol.

Sean Randalf, the great wizard of Tennis X.


Sienna Says:

O sean feels a bit offended he corrected it himself


van orten Says:

yes sean ..playing the semis of shanghai, finals of basel and london..what a decline ..what a bad player fed is …djoker should play alone on tour since he is so unbeatable and utterly dominant these days …hahhahahahhaahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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van orten Says:

and yes fed needs help to win another slam..he doesnt need sh<++++t because he can still beat anybody on tour any given day..because pure talent wise he is by far the best.–17 vs 5 hahahahhahahahahahhhahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahhahahah what a hater !!!!


van orten Says:

so funny that fed seems to need help and when winning he was luckky…am i the only one who remembers 1000matches djoker should have never won this year and last year..yeah it was luck so what???? thats sport…so just be fair and not so one sided when it comes down to feds achievements!!!!


alison Says:

Michael the season has not even started yet,Novak may look like the imovable object at the moment and Rafa the spent force in your eyes,but alot can change between now and the FO,i know how much you would love for your 2 Favorites to share out the 4 GS between them,and im so sorry that didnt happen for you this year,im sorry Rafa and Andy spoilt that perfect senario for you,i beg to differ when you say Andy is inconsistent hes been a top 4 player for years,and theres a good reason why Rafas won 11 GS 7 at RG,why do you enjoy putting Andy down?and it would be nice if people didnt derive so much pleasure in Rafa pulling out,i think his fans are dissapointed enough,theres no need to gloat is there?


alison Says:

^Is 7 FOs not enough,how many more does he have to win?come to think of it,is 11 GS not enough?


van orten Says:

i really want rafa to come back to restore some respect for what happened the last 8 years…fed alone is not enough to remind us


Ben Pronin Says:

Decline or not, it’ll be hard for Federer to stay far up because he’s playing a limited schedule. He’s not going to be given extra points just because he’s Federer. If he doesn’t play, he won’t win points and won’t have as high of a rank. And he obviously doesn’t care. He’s been saying it in his interviews that he sacrificed a lot to get back to number 1 and it (just barely) worked. But now with the records intact and having proven everyone foolish, he’s going to focus on the big tournaments much more than the ranking. And seeing as how he’s only getting older it makes sense.

So if he ends up at number 4, he might still have won a slam and a few Masters but might not have enough points to overcome the other guys who could have those same results plus a few more from the events Federer skips. It’s not a knock on him to say his schedule (the one that he, himself, picked) will make it difficult to get back to 1 or even stay 2, maybe 3.

I’m not going to make a full on prediction on the top 10 because I’m finding it really hard to foresee any kind of mix up from what is currently there and I want to be wrong. Let’s get some Harrisons and Tomics in there!


alison Says:

I dont know which thread to post this on but i just wanted to wish all tennis x posters a happy new year,hope you all enjoy your night whatever it is you are doing.


Stefani Germanotta Says:

I agree that it will be tough for Federer to keep his ranking up, but so long as he is getting sufficient match play, he will likely do well at the majors. And if he gets a little help with the draw or the roof closing at SW19, then he can definitely win another major.

He beat Delpo at the olympics in a marathon, he beat Murray at the WTF, and he essentially matched Nole in the WTF finals.

I say Federer wins Roland Garros over Nole for a double career slam after Rafa stumbles in preceding rounds.


skeezer Says:

Don’t see Fed staying on top the ranking system either. His priority has totally shifted to 2016 Rio. He wants to last till then. He’ll still be a threat for Slams no doubt, but because of the scheduling change so his body will last over the long haul its not gonna happen( #1 ).

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2012/12/06/2016-olympics-rio-roger-federer/1751187/

______

Happy New Year to you too alison!


alison Says:

Thanks Skeezer you too.


BT Says:

Happy New Year all.

Love January in Australia. Nice summer weather and lots and lots of tennis.

Sad to see Stosur still hasn’t got over her poor performance issues on the home turf. Good win for Tomic over Hass at the Hopman but I’m not convinced yet.


Michael Says:

Alison,

At the outset, wish you and every poster in Tennis X a very very happy and prosperous 2013. I think you took my post totally out of context and interpreted it as some kind of onslaught against players like Nadal and Murray. Although I am on record saying that Roger and Novak are my favourite players, the truth is that I love Tennis as a sport and if I love that game then I cannot invariably dislike fantastic players like Nadal and Murray who make Tennis interesting. If I do that, then I cannot be described as a Tennis enthusiast. I was exploring the chances of Novak in the context of the decline of Roger and the injury hit Nadal. For sure, he has a easy road ahead considering the current state of his rivals. This doesn’t implicitly mean that I am talking ill of Nadal or Murray or any other player as interpreted by you. I am flummoxed as to why you always think me as a hater of Nadal when the fact is I like him and miss him in his long absence from Tennis. I am very eager to see his return and I always wish well for him. Still, if you have any misgivings about me, please erase them out of your mind.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Ducking and diving…trying to avoid all the “engagement” threads….*eye roll*….A Happy New Year to you too. Yes, lots of bleary eyed viewing coming, but last time we did it, WOW sooooo worth it!


Sienna Says:

Fed will easiley stay ahead of everyonelse but Novak. The constancy of the others beside Novak is not at the same level as Fed’s. Even with the 15 events he is playing he will make sure he gets what he is comming.

And if he start to loos a few early rounds I am sure he will adapt and enter other venues if this was still possible.


alison Says:

Michael yeah 1stly happy and prosperous new year to you and all tennis x posters too,2ndly you dont have to justify yourself to me,i was giving my opinion about your opinion thats all,i have to say the way you come across at times puts a netative slant on Rafa and his legacy everytime you send in a post,is whats irritating at times,ie lucky in this match lucky in that match,as if hes the only one who ever is lucky,all players get lucky at times,Djokovic should thank his lucky stars for a JWT choke job at RG last year,likewise Andy Murray at Shanghai when match points down in both matches,ok he was the stand out player last to years but certainly rode his luck at times which all players do at times not just Rafa,i dont know where Rafa goes from here,maybe he will return maybe he is a spent force who knows?but if he and Roger are both declining then i hope some other players can also get in the mix,would like Andy to build upon that success of last year,and for Delpo to make a long awaited breakthrough at a GS,and possibly some new guy making a run for it,no offence to Djokovic or his fans as i do like the guy honestly,but i hope for an open and well contested year like like last year with the GS been shared out not just one player dominating the year,competition is whats good for the sport not domination well IMO anyway.


alison Says:

^Just to add you dont exactly go out of your way to defend the other two either,the way you do with both of your favorites,sorry just saying^.


jamie Says:

Djokovic will win AO again, he’s on a tear there. Nadal will win the French Open, Murray will win Wimbledon, and Djokovic will win US Open. Why? For starters, Djokovic’s form the last few months of the tour was exceptional, add that to the fact that he’s by far the best hard court player on tour, and you’ve got him winning both hard court slams. Rafa will recover from his wonky knees to win Roland Garros, just as he always has done barring 2009. Murray’s grass court game has substantially improved, as seen from his 2012 performance. If he were to meet Roger there again, he’d probably win.


jamie Says:

By the end of 2013, Serena(18 slams) will have more slams than Federer(17 slams).

Mark my words.


skeezer Says:

^So? Whats your point?


Humble Rafa Says:

Thank God. Normality has returned to these forums. People are taking about the Arrogant One and praising his greatness!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I just think Nadal learnt a lot from his 2009 season injury. He does not want to repeat the mistakes again. He know once the grass season is over, he has too many players to challenge him till the clay season starts. That’s what happened to him in 2009, when he returned back after skipping Wimbledon, he did not win a title or maybe even finals of a tournament till the clay season started in 2010. But we know what he did then. Rafa would remain a major contender for sure on Clay and Grass.

Novak may end up with both HC slams. When Novak plays his best, still Murray cannot beat him consistently except grass. If Novak falters, then it would be Murray’s time.

What about Roger? Maybe one guy we should never care about anymore. Let him just play for fans to enjoy. If he wins titles, it’s a bonus.


alison Says:

Nirmal Kumar Roger has nothing left to prove exactly all gravy now,and the only major thing left for Rafa is a WTF,so other than that in actuall fact Rafas not much left to prove either,and with 11 GS theres only 3 players in history now with more GS,so hes already an all time great,even if he retired tomorrow,i think Rafas fans are also entitled to sleep easily with his legacy now also,obviously though to a lesser extent than Roger though.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Alison,

I strongly believe Rafa still has 2 prime years left in him and 2013 could be one of his successful years. I expect him to win atleast one non clay slam for next two years. Of course he has done enough for a single career already, but I can’t imagine him being done yet. That sounds too pessimistic. He would be a monster when he comes back. Let’s see.

Going forward, I believe he should skip AO every year. Whenever he had played brutal matches in AO, it has spoiled his entire year, case in 2009 and 2012. That’s why I believe his decision is a really wise one now, though people try to make it cynical.


Alok Says:

@3:09pm, Just my opinion when I say that this is not for me a very exciting time in tennis as there’s so much predictability, as to who will win.Which means very little will change. I suppose it will be great for some fans to see their faves dominating with very litte in the way of competition to stop them.

The two guys who were the force in presenting challenges are no where near their form. Fed’s results are very unpredictable nowadays, even when he’s leading by a break, as in WTF and several other tournaments over the past two years. As it stands, Fed’s a question mark he can be very good, and then just lose it.

Nadal’s an iffy proposition as he’s more or less on and off, and the other younger guys in the top 20 can’t seem to string wins consistently. Which means, it will either be one or the other winning everything.

During Fed’s period of domination there were always guys who could threaten him from the top 20, except that he was so good which made him win so many matches. Not so with the present crop of players in the top 20. they always seem to choke even when holding match points, e.g., Tsonga vs. Djokovic at RG.

I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, but for me that excitement has now been lost and I can’t seem to bring it back. it’s similar to trying to make a relationship with a GF work even though I don’t feel the same, but can’t bring myself to call it quits.


Alok Says:

@van orten, December 31st, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Agree with you. Tennis at the top needs some serious competition and Fed needs some help fighting off guys who are 6-7 years younger then him. I miss Rafa, especially after watching the AO2012 final on TC this week. He adds a lot of electricity to his matches. I don’t know why some fans don’t like Fedal matches.


Alok Says:

sorry for posting so many times, but I’m trying to distract myself from my New Year’s celebrations hangover. grrrr


Michael Says:

Alison,
About this luck factor. Just like God I am not in a position to explain it. It is inexplicable. Luck is all about the favourable circumstances that play a part in any victory or defeat and reward or penalty. Yes, Nadal was lucky in many matches and so was Roger, Novak, Murray and a plentitude of other players as well. I have not claimed anywhere that Nadal was the only player who won with loads of luck. If I claim so, I will only be looking like a joker in the pack. May be I was analyzing one match where circumstances favoured him to win against Roger in particular in many matches, though this might cut both ways. May be I was slightly biased in my analysis with my disposition towards Roger which made you irritated. Well, I cannot help as it comes by human instinct which is always subject to prejudice especially when they stick to a preset view. But, I have always been trying to be fair as far as possible and not be too much sentimental. I am always flexible. As regards Nadal, I have no hesitation in saying that he will bounce back with a bang. He has done it once in 2009 and it is bound to happen again. He is too good a player to be left out and his fighting traits are folklore which are worthy of emulation by any aspiring Tennis Player.


alison Says:

OK fair enough Michael ill leave it at that.


alison Says:

Nirmal Kumar put it this way,im not setting my sights ATM on any unrealistic expectations,just to see him playing again will be enough to start with,and im not a greedy person anyway,im more than happy with what he has,any more now is an added bonus,however we will see i suppose.


Giles Says:

alison. A little more faith and belief in Rafa wouldn’t go amiss!!! #ThisIsNadal


alison Says:

Giles i have sorry if it doesnt always come across that way though,but 1st things 1st and thats to see him back playing,one step at a time#This is Alison.


Michael Says:

Alison, Never worry. You will soon be treated with Nadal’s fireworks on court. He is raring to go and is also an extremely crafty and intelligent Tennis player who knows what to do and when. Never underestimate or undermine Nadal. He will disappoint his sceptics.


alison Says:

Michael i never have underestimated Nadal,but im not going to get over excited about a player whos not even playing ATM,its rather pointless IMO,ill leave that to others but if they wish,but its not the way i operate sorry,BTW just wondering am i talking to the Michael whos a Djokovic/Federer fan or the Michael whos a Rafa fan,just wondering the this post sounds like the other Michael?


Michael Says:

Alison,

Do not get confused. I am that version of Michael who is a Roger/Novak Fan, but love Tennis much more. I think Tennis is much greater than individuals. May be 10 years from now, there will be no Roger/Nadal/Novak or Murray but Tennis will move on. Nobody is indispensable. There were many cynics who said that Tennis may lose its charm when Borg quit prematurely. But Tennis is a great leveller and we had more attractions like Mcenroe, Lendl, Sampras etc. to fill the void. Therefore, irrespective of our list of favourites, it is Tennis which is that much greater. I love watching even Club level Tennis players playing the sport because I love the game. Only that when I watch my favourites like Roger or Novak or even for that matter Nadal or Murray, my adrenalin level will pump up that much more because of the way these guys play their Tennis which is so special.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tennis is much greater than individuals.

This is The Arrogant One Worship Society. You may need a new home. End of Public Service Announcement.


skeezer Says:

Michael,
Great post!

————-

HR,
“One Worship Society”
So true for you. Go to tennistalk.com, there you are worshipped, loved, the messiah, the one, the only. You are just trying to post at a site where multiple favs are honored. There, at the “other” site, you will find your throne.


Michael Says:

Thanks Skeezer !!


Michael Says:

Humble Rafa,

Let me put it rather humbly !!

Should I respond to piece of trash and junk which you have spitten ? You have lot of sputum on your throat. Please take the help of a Doctor to clear your throat or else its over concentration might damage your chest.


Chico Says:

Thank you tennis-x for last year and hopefully years to come. May your freeswinging arguments and opinions be flying freely and randally.

Talking randally, in my opinion the top 10 list of this year could safely have been changed to top 8 and top 16. One contest for putting the top eight in order and another for who will be in the group of 9-16.

Out on a limb, 9-16:
Raonic
Monaco
Almagro
Monfils
Nishikori
Tipsarevic
Cilic

It is going to be tough and close, but Gasquet reached the top 10 so his stomach will be full, Simon and Wawrinka will just miss out to a Monfils who’ll surge back and younger powers like Raonic, Nishikori and Cilic. Monaco you just want to hold on to as a Ferrerlike workhorse.


Margot Says:

^ and hopefully Tomic, Dimitrov and even “pullover”…;)


jane Says:

Who’s pullover?


alison Says:

Michael thanks for clarifying,anyway just to say i do love Rafa and watching him play,but i cant get excited over a player whos not even playing ATM,and has been out for so long as dont know what will happen on his return,however be that as it may i do love the game,and no one player is bigger than the game itself, as unlike some i dont believe in hero worshipping,and yes theres plenty that do,and that theory doesnt just apply to Rafa fans either,anyway im very excited about the year ahead,and if it were to be a repeat of the last one id be quite happy,with the slams been shared out,not any one player dominating,competition is whats good for the sport not domination well IMO anyway,theres plenty of players i love to watch Monflis played a great match yesterday on his return,Raonic,Delpo,love to watch Kie Nishikori and i have picked him for my top 10 at the end of the season,and Tomic is an up and coming emerging new talent,who just needs to mature a bit,and take things seriously,interesting times ahead.


jamie Says:

Projected 2013 top 10 ATP World Tour Rankings

by: Nima Naderi

Flip-flopping the top four spots on the ATP World Tour appeared to be the order of play throughout the 2012 season. Novak Djokovic never slipped past No. 2 in the rankings throughout the year, but he did have to step up his game post Olympics to get his top spot back from Roger Federer.

The Swiss great reached the pinnacle of the sport once again by casting aside the competition to capture his 17th major at Wimbledon. Federer wasn’t as strong throughout the tail-end of the season as he was last year, but with all things considered, his year was nothing short of fantastic.

Emerging as the final remember of the Big four to capture a grand slam, Andy Murray proved many pundits and naysayers wrong in taking home the US Open and winning the Olympic Gold. I’m not totally convinced that it was Ivan Lendl’s presence that finally took Murray over the hump, but it certainly didn’t hurt his progress. Murray, who has yet to ascend to the top spot, has made it a priority going forward.

Anxiously awaiting the return of their clay-court King, are the legion of Rafael Nadal fans. Sidelined since Wimbledon with knee trouble, Rafa has been hard at work on the Island of Mallorca in preparation for his return. The Spaniard currently sits at the No. 4 position, and there’s no question that he’ll advance higher if he stays healthy. But that’s a big “if”.

David Ferrer was as solid as ever in ‘12; winning seven titles and 76 matches. The bulldog 30-year-old remains in the same rat-race mold however; beating the players he should and losing to the ones he shouldn’t.

The rest of the top 10 finishers this year from the 6-10 spots were Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet. Of those five players, I’d say that Tipsarevic and Gasquet have the most to worry about heading into the new year. Tipsarevic was solid throughout the past 12 months, but his lack of a killer shot should seem him slide out of the top 10 shortly. On the contrary, Gasquet holds one of the best backhands ever, but his finals appearance in Canada (a tournament that was hit hard from Olympic withdrawal and where he gained 600 points) will be hard to repeat next summer.

So, that leaves us with some potentially new blood in the top 10 to end next season. Will Milos Raonic improve on his slam results? Will Marin Cilic make good on his even-temperament and vicious backhand? Could we see Grigor Dimitrov or Bernard Tomic make a move for the top 10, or will youth and heavy expectations weigh them down?

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few fresh faces entered the top 10 next year, while the top four spots remained unharmed.

Let’s now take a look at the potential year-end ATP rankings for 2013.

2013 Projected year-end top 10 rankings:

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.

3. Roger Federer: One year older but just as effective. I’m not sure if 2013 holds a major for Federer, but with his exemption from all the Masters events, the Swiss star will be at ease with his schedule and enjoy the game even more. I still believe that grass remains his best shot at another slam; whereas the clay will cost him valuable points in the No. 1 race. Bottom line: Federer will always be Federer and his skill-set is timeless.

4. Rafael Nadal: Nadal could make me eat my words if he begins his comeback in full force. With the extent of his injury really unknown until we see him play again, the Spaniard is a question mark. I fully expect him to shine on the clay, but the hard-courts may be a big ask at this point. Nevertheless, it will be good to get Rafa back, and regardless of how much he plays (or wins), he’s a great draw-card for the fans.

5. Juan Martin del Potro: Owning some heavy artillery on any surface, one can certainly say that Delpo hasn’t even reached the prime of his career. Loaded with talent and mental fortitude, the missile hitting Argentine should have another glorious year. It will be difficult for Delpo to capture his second major (considering the men ranked ahead of him), but if there’s one player who can do it, it’s certainly the Tandil native.

6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: I’m really not sure what Roger Rasheed (Tsonga’s new coach) will be able to do about the Frenchman’s backhand or return of serve, but hey, it’s worth a shot, right? With or without Rasheed, Tsonga will remain a force on the circuit because of his explosive game and experience in the biggest matches.

7. Tomas Berdych: With only eight titles to his name, it’s no wonder why Berdych has never got past No. 6 in the world. He has that God given ball-striking that many of us dream of, but his wristy forehand and lack of confidence under pressure will likely prevent him from going any higher in future seasons. However, the good news for Berdych remains that if he plays a lot and continues to make the quarters and semis in most of his tournaments, he’s a shoe-in for another top 10 finish.

8. David Ferrer: Why the downgrade for good ol’ Daveed? It’s quite simple really: I just don’t think he can repeat a seven title, 76 match win season two years in a row. That’s not to take anything away from the respect I have for the Spaniard, but one has to think that he can’t use his legs forever to win.

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.

10. Milos Raonic: Raonic let us down in 2012 by not reaching the top 10, but at No. 13 in the world he can’t be shunned, either. Owning a sonic serve and a mature frame of mind, Raonic will need to work on his return game and court positioning to reach the tenth spot.


Margot Says:

@ jane
JJ


jane Says:

Oh right Margot -thanks.


Alok Says:

@jamie, January 3rd, 2013 at 9:39 am, nice article, thanks for posting it.


Michael Says:

Alison – True nobody can predict the future. But my bet is on Nadal due to his tremendous grit and determination that he has shown all along in this sport. He is a tenacious fighter to the core and he will get things done. I have little doubt about it but it is however subject to his physical fitness in the days ahead.

Yes, interesting times ahead for the Sport with many players on the anvil. It is such a fleet which will make Tennis more engrossing and interesting.


alison Says:

Michael thanks for the post,but i repeat what i have said many times,i cant get over excited about a player whos not even playing,or this so called amazing season he may or may not have?at the moment its all pointless and irrelevant,why would i set myself up for a fall,and be left with egg on my face?im not a greedy person,and hes done more than enough for me anyway,i have no unrealistic expectations either,im not expecting immediate success,to see him playing again will do for starters.


alison Says:

It was a great article from our pyschic friend,but i have to disagree with the part about Novak been the most complete player on all 4 surfaces,granted his HC credentials ATM are second to none,and yes fair enough HCs make up the bulk of the season,but Djokovic didnt win a title on CCs or grass last year,and when it gets to spring and summer this year it will be two years since he last did,a fantastic HC yes granted,but the most complete player hmm?and not forgetting Murray won olympic gold on grass,and Novak lost to Fed and Delpo on grass,sorry Wogboy,Jane,Mat4 etc as im not belittling your favorite honestly,a complete player yes,but the most complete have to disagree on that one.


courbon Says:

@Alison:You are right there, regarding the surface.I would say that Federer was most consistent on all surfaces-Murray?Nothing on clay and just Olympic on grass-so not much better then Djokovic…I do feel that Novak will have a great clay season-just a hinch, not prediction.


alison Says:

Courbon hi happy new year 1st of all,hope all is well where you are,and that you had a lovely christmas too,thanks anyway and i completely agree,all the top 4 had different parts of the season where and when they came into their own,it was a open and well contested year,and i hope this one is too,i wouldnt actually be surprised if Djokovic were to complete a career GS and win the FO as well as the AO,but it would be lovely to see the GS shared out again,and not just any one player dominating the year well IMO anyway,nice to see you posting again.


Michael Says:

Alison,

I got your point. But we can make an assertion based on some parameters. The result may be positive or negative, which is immaterial. We are just dissecting an individual’s career based on his past performance as well as extrapolate it to his future endeavours. The bottomline is we are all just speculating.


alison Says:

Michael sorry im confused which of my posts are you replying to,as i have posted quite alot the past few days to you?


Michael Says:

Alison,

It was about your apprehensions on the success of Nadal’s come back bid.


alison Says:

Michael ok fair enough you speculate,and ill wait.

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