First slam to not be won by the Big Four or Wawrinka?

TripleATeam

Legend
Just state which you think will be the breakthrough for the next generation. Add the year and player you believe will accomplish it.
 
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fundrazer

Legend
Thiem 2017 RG???

Nah.....but at this point this or Raonic at Wimbledon I feel like are the only two possibilities, this year at least.
 

Dope Reign

Banned
Thiem - RG 17 or 18

One of the likely lads will win wimbledon and next years AO.

The window is the French and maybe the US, we'll see how things pan out before then.
 

xFullCourtTenniSx

Hall of Fame
Cilic 2014
Roddick USO 2003, JCF RG 2003, Andre Agassi AO 2003
Gaston Gaudio RG 2004, Marat Safin AO 2005
JMDP USO 2009, Marin Cilic USO 2014

All 7 non-Big 4+1 major winners since the start of 2003, with nearly half coming in 2003. None have happened at Wimbledon, so that's the worst to bet on (or the best, depending on your perspective, similar to California being due for an earthquake).

Seems like you want to bet on a random winner though, the USO has been the best answer, with the last 2 coming from there.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
My possible first time grand slam winners this year:

RG: Thiem, Nishikori
Wimbledon: Dimitrov, Raonic
US: Dimitrov

I think it's still possibly a year or two too early for Thiem, he needs to schedule like a top 8 player to better fit enough.

Dimitrov could well take one of these slams.

Realistically, the French will be won by Rafa.
Wimbledon by Roger.
US Open by Roger or Delpo.
 

atp2015

Hall of Fame
While Thiem has a great game, he has no chance to win a major with his current style of play. He stands near the fence, and muscles the ball as if there is no tomorrow. He is not winning even masters with that. Zverev,Dimitrov, Raonic, kyrgios might.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
My possible first time grand slam winners this year:

RG: Thiem, Nishikori
Wimbledon: Dimitrov, Raonic
US: Dimitrov

I think it's still possibly a year or two too early for Thiem, he needs to schedule like a top 8 player to better fit enough.

Dimitrov could well take one of these slams.

Realistically, the French will be won by Rafa.
Wimbledon by Roger.
US Open by Roger or Delpo.
Agree, but Djoko may play enough this Spring to get into decent form.:oops: Dimitrov is the one. Nishikori might be getting close enough on stamina and is top dog on SA clay court swing.:eek: I really doubt it, but he might be able to Vulture enough momentum to be top 4 seed at RG and Wimby... US Open.:oops: Raonic is done.:cool:
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Del Potro was playing the best tennis in the world by the end of 2017. If he can sustain that form, no reason he won't be a threat at least three times a year. Of course, it's never a sure thing with Delpo, but he doesn't have to raise his game, which is something most of the other contenders would have to do.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Del Potro was playing the best tennis in the world by the end of 2017. If he can sustain that form, no reason he won't be a threat at least three times a year. Of course, it's never a sure thing with Delpo, but he doesn't have to raise his game, which is something most of the other contenders would have to do.
Did you come from the future?
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Can't see Dimitrov winning RG, but can definitely see it at Wimbledon or USO providing he keeps the form he had in Australia.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Can't see Dimitrov winning RG, but can definitely see it at Wimbledon or USO providing he keeps the form he had in Australia.
I watched that SF again (highlights) and still think there's something missing. I think Dimitrov needs to find a way to attack more effectively and quickly. He's running a bit too much and it's not a recipe for sustained excellence. He's got a very good platform and he knows he can live physically with any player in the world now. Time to learn to attack a bit more and strike earlier in the rally, behind sound point construction. For the moment I don't think he'll especially focus on that and seek to add titles to his resume using more or less the identical tennis that he produced at the AO.. and then go from there.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
Let's split it up into tiers of likeliness:

Tier 1- given the right draw they could easily take a slam this year:
Raonic, Dimitrov

Tier 2- less reliable, but have the potential to pull it off if healthy:
Nishikori, Delpo, Cilic

Tier 3- younger players that have not peaked yet, but are always worth watching:
Thiem, Goffin, Zverev, Kyrgios

Tier 4- veterans who we all know have the potential to play great, but probably won't:
Berdych, Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I watched that SF again (highlights) and still think there's something missing. I think Dimitrov needs to find a way to attack more effectively and quickly. He's running a bit too much and it's not a recipe for sustained excellence. He's got a very good platform and he knows he can live physically with any player in the world now. Time to learn to attack a bit more and strike earlier in the rally, behind sound point construction. For the moment I don't think he'll especially focus on that and seek to add titles to his resume using more or less the identical tennis that he produced at the AO.. and then go from there.
I agree. From what I can recall it seemed to me like Dimitrov tried to beat Nadal a bit too much from the endurance standpoint and not enough from the skill standpoint. Hence the match being 4+ hours, whereas Federer beat Nadal in 3:38 for example. Dimitrov almost did it though so I assume now that because he's so close he can taste it, he'll try everything he can to make the necessary adjustments.
 
Happens this year.

Stanbledon's spoken for. ;) That leaves RG and USO. Hoping Thiem bounces back from last year's RG SF annihilation, and wins it. I don't see any of the bigs taking it. Any chance Dimi takes some additional steps at USO? Likely not... but maybe!
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2018. One of these days he'll get his head screwed on straight and zone for 2 weeks. Forget Thiem or Milos, neither of them are close to sniffing a major title.
 
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