Predict the top 10 in 2022 (bump this in 2022)

Wander

Hall of Fame
Injuries willing...
1. Thiem
2. Medvedev
3. Djokovic
4. Tsitsipas
5. Shapovalov
6. FAA
7. Nadal (if still plays)
8. Federer (if still plays)
9. Musetti
10. Zverev
Substitutes: De Minaur, Rublev

In truth I don't know. I wanted to throw one wild guess in (Musetti) just so there's some potential of this being impressive.
 

daggerman

Hall of Fame
1. Tsitsipas
2. Djokovic
3. Thiem
4. Nadal
5. Shapovalov
6. Medvedev
7. Federer
8. Auger Aliassime
9. Raonic
10. Zverev
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Has anyone ever come close with these predictions?

- Top 5 will not feature either Federer or Nadal
- Thiem, Medvedev, Shapovalov, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Sinner will be Top 5 or solid Top 10ers and slam contenders
- Djokovic will be the only 30+ year old in Top 10.
 

Lew II

G.O.A.T.
As of now, I'd say the top5 will be Djokodal, Sinner, Thiem and Mededev, in no exact order.

But things change rapidly.
 

Rafa4GOAT

Professional
1. Thiem
2. Nadal (wishful thinking)
3. Sinner
4. Medvedev
5. Djokovic
6. Humbert
7. Seyboth Wild
8. Shapovalov
9. Raonic
10. Rublev
 

DSH

Talk Tennis Guru
Has anyone ever come close with these predictions?

- Top 5 will not feature either Federer or Nadal
- Thiem, Medvedev, Shapovalov, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Sinner will be Top 5 or solid Top 10ers and slam contenders
- Djokovic will be the only 30+ year old in Top 10.
Nadal will be top 8 at least. Maybe he can be still end top 5.
:p
 

Cortana

Legend
Looking at the old thread in 2018, nobody was even close lol. So I'll try to learn from it and guess:

1. Thiem
2. Medvedev
3. Djokovic
4. Sinner
5. Nadal
6. Zverev
7. Tsitsipas
8. Shapovalov
9. Rublev
10. Schwartzmann

Don't laugh in 2 years if Djokodal are still 1/2.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
1. Tsitsipas
2. Medvedev
3. Shapovalov
4. Thiem
5. Sinner
6. Djokovic
7. Zverev
8. Rublev
9. Nadal
10. Someone we don't know yet, maybe Berrettini or FAA

I know my #1 pick looks very unlikely based on 2020 results, but he's clearly not handled this year well with the weird schedule and everything. I think Stef could easily be back up and running next year and break through at the Slams.
 

TearTheRoofOff

G.O.A.T.
1. Lukas Rosol
2. Steve Darcis
3. Nick Kyrgios
4. Dustin Brown
5. Gilles Muller
6. Daniel Brands
7. Sergiy Stakhovsky
8. Taro Daniel
9. Denis Istomin
10. Marco Cecchinato

The real cream of the crop.
 
T

TheNachoMan

Guest
1. Zverev
2. Thiem
3. Medvedev
4. Djokovic
5. Sinner
6. RAFA
7. Rublev
8. Tsitsipas
9. Shapovalov
10. FAA
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
That earlier thread shows we can't predict the next tournament correctly, let alone the state of the tour 2 years down the line.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
I think everyone in the top 8 right now besides Federer (who will likely be retired by the end of 2022) will remain in the top 10. Nadal (36) and Djokovic (35), barring injuries, can still compete at the majors but there is no way they'll be able to sustain the week-to-week strain in their mid-30s to remain #1 and #2 in the world like they've been for much of the last 10ish years.

Thiem is the most likely candidate to be number one since he's really good on HC and clay, while Medvedev can only win on hard courts it seems. If I had to make a wild prediction, I'd say:

1. Thiem (age 29) - 2022 Australian Open Champ
2. Medvedev (age 26) - 2022 US Open Champ
3. Tsistipas (age 24) - makes deep runs at every slam besides Wimbledon but comes up short, bags a couple Masters
4. Djokovic (age 35) - 2022 Wimbledon Champ but plays on an abbreviated schedule (this could be his 20th slam)
5. Nadal (age 36) - 2022 French Open Champ but also plays on an abbreviated schedule (this could be his 22nd or 23rd slam)
6. Zverev (age 25) - Wins a Masters but can't break through at slams
7. Shapo (age 23)
8. Rublev (age 25)
9. Sinner (age 21)
10. Someone else

Anyways, as OP mentioned, these threads are never accurate). If this really happens, then I think tennis would be back to "normal" since everyone besides Djokodal would be young players in their primes. I will say though, Djokodal will still be tough to beat at the slams in BO5.
 
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RaulRamirez

Legend
Sure, I'll set up my future embarrassment, but not sure I want to place them in order, so loosely: Thiem, Zverev, Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Sinner, Rafa, Rublev, Shapo, Ruud.
 
Has anyone ever come close with these predictions?

- Top 5 will not feature either Federer or Nadal
- Thiem, Medvedev, Shapovalov, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Sinner will be Top 5 or solid Top 10ers and slam contenders
- Djokovic will be the only 30+ year old in Top 10.
I think Nadal could easily be top 10 still. His mastery on clay alone should get him lots of points. Even if he doesn't win RG and/or the various other clay tourneys, he's bound to go deep in them.

The guy hasn't been out of the top 10 since he was a fetus. And hasn't been out of top 2 in like 3 or 4 years I think. So in 2 years time I'd say he's got a greater chance of being top 10 than not.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
I think Nadal could easily be top 10 still. His mastery on clay alone should get him lots of points. Even if he doesn't win RG and/or the various other clay tourneys, he's bound to go deep in them.

The guy hasn't been out of the top 10 since he was a fetus. And hasn't been out of top 2 in like 3 or 4 years I think. So in 2 years time I'd say he's got a greater chance of being top 10 than not.
If Nadal feels he can’t win RG anymore, he ain’t hanging around just to make up the numbers. He is definitely not going to do the Hewitt and play until his ranking drops out of the top 100. He pulled a good performance in the final at this year’s RG, however upon analysing his performances as a whole in the tournament, got to say he’s a far cry from The Nadal of 2007/08/10/12...heck, even comparing to 2017 there is a significant drop (peak 2011 Djoko would have wasted him). The likes of Thiem and Zverev are knocking on the door. I won’t discount one more RG, but to think he’s going to keep it up at 38+ is fallacy.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Rublev seems to be a popular pick in this thread... seems like many are forgetting how fragile and injury prone he is. I really don’t think he’s going to be consistent enough to be a solid top 5/10. Perhaps Safin will drill him in the баня and works on his strength & conditioning (and the rest)... seriously needs to put on weight. He’s like Verdasco’s height and weighs 15 kg less!
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
Rublev seems to be a popular pick in this thread... seems like many are forgetting how fragile and injury prone he is. I really don’t think he’s going to be consistent enough to be a solid top 5/10. Perhaps Safin will drill him in the баня and works on his strength & conditioning (and the rest)... seriously needs to put on weight. He’s like Verdasco’s height and weighs 15 kg less!
You could be right. I had him in as a substitute but was thinking he's maybe in the biggest danger (out of young higher ranked players) of falling to the wilderness by mid 2022 like many momentarily successful but injury prone players before him.
 

BGod

G.O.A.T.
Looking at the old thread in 2018, nobody was even close lol. So I'll try to learn from it and guess:

1. Thiem
2. Medvedev
3. Djokovic
4. Sinner
5. Nadal
6. Zverev
7. Tsitsipas
8. Shapovalov
9. Rublev
10. Schwartzmann

Don't laugh in 2 years if Djokodal are still 1/2.

This seems closest, cept for Schwartz but we'll see. Not in that order though.
 

Aabye5

G.O.A.T.
1. Zverev
2. Thiem
3. Medvedev
4. Djokovic
5. Sinner
6. RAFA
7. Rublev
8. Tsitsipas
9. Shapovalov
10. FAA

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