Time to ask again: Who's the best up-and-comer on tour?

Best Rising Talent as of now?


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Walenty

Professional
I think considering the recent success of many of the younger, talented players on tour, it's time we take a new vote on who you think will have the most success in the next 2-3 years. Below are the candidates and some year-to-date stats on each:

Ryan Harrison:
Year-to-date record: 13-18
Current Rank: 79
Significant matches this year:
-Miami: R32 vs Milos Raonic (CAN) W 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4
-Roland Garros: R128 vs Robin Soderling (SWE) L 1-6, 7-6(5), 3-6, 5-7
-Wimbledon: R64 vs David Ferrer (ESP) L 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6
-LA: S vs Mardy Fish (USA) L 0-6, 6-4, 6-7(3)
-Shanghai: 1st round vs Viktor Troicki W 6-3, 6-3

Milos Raonic:
Year-to-date record: 27-15
Current Rank: 31
Significant matches this year:
-AO: R16 vs David Ferrer (ESP) L 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 4-6
-San Jose: W vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) W 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
-Memphis: F vs Andy Roddick (USA) L 6-7(7), 7-6(11), 5-7
-Shanghai: 1st round vs Michael Llodra W 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Alexander Dolgopolov:
Year-to-date record: 34-24
Current Rank: 18
Significant matches this year:
-AO: R16 vs Robin Soderling (SWE) W 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
(then took a set off Murray next round)
-Croatia: W vs Marin Cilic (CRO) W 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
-US Open: R16 vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) L 6-7(14), 4-6, 2-6
-Shanghai: 3rd round vs Bernard Tomic W 5-7, 6-1, 6-0

Bernard Tomic:
Year-to-date record: 13-13
Current Rank: 49
Significant matches this year:
-AO: R32 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) L 2-6, 5-7, 3-6
-Wimbledon: Q vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) L 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7
-Davis Cup: RR vs Roger Federer (SUI) L 2-6, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6
-Shanghai: 2nd round vs Mardy Fish W 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Kei Nishikori:
Year-to-date record: 28-19
Current Rank: 47 (Now at least top 30 though)
Significant matches this year:
-Houston: F vs Ryan Sweeting (USA) L 4-6, 6-7(3)
-Cincinnati: R64 vs David Nalbandian (ARG) L 4-6, 4-6
-Shanghai: 2nd round vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga W 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-4
-Shanghai: 4th round vs Alexandr Dolgopolov W 6-4, 6-3

Grigor Dimitrov:
Year-to-date record: 15-23
Current Rank: 72
Significant Matches this year:
-AO: R64 vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) L 5-7, 3-6, 3-6
-Cherbourg: W vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) W 6-2, 7-6(4)
-Wimbledon: R64 vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) L 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6, 6-7(8)
-Shanghai: 2nd round vs Andy Roddick L 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

Note I didn't put Del Potro, Cilic on this list because they're a few years older and have already proven themselves, mostly. I realize Del Potro would be the obvious choice :p .
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Cilic & Delpo are virtual contemporaries of Dog, born within two or three months of each other. Nishi is only a year younger. None are "brand spanking new" to the pro game. Of the three younger players mentioned, I think Tomic has the bigger upside. He had great results for a teenager this year and can only get better as his body (and mind) matures. Majors are possible from this young Aussie.
 

wy2sl0

Hall of Fame
I picked Raonic as a Canadian fan. I really like Dog's style, but I mean if Milos gets back going again, hard to argue against the big servers.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I picked Raonic as a Canadian fan. I really like Dog's style, but I mean if Milos gets back going again, hard to argue against the big servers.
I chose Tomic over Raonic because of movement issues. If Raonic is willing to put the hard time into improving that aspect of his game, he will challenge for the next decade and I will be very happily impressed.
 

wy2sl0

Hall of Fame
I chose Tomic over Raonic because of movement issues. If Raonic is willing to put the hard time into improving that aspect of his game, he will challenge for the next decade and I will be very happily impressed.
I would agree. I think Tomic has all the tools, but IMO I have seen him quit - mentally that is. I know he is young and that is fixable, but that is something I don`t like to see.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I would agree. I think Tomic has all the tools, but IMO I have seen him quit - mentally that is. I know he is young and that is fixable, but that is something I don`t like to see.
Yeah, too many peaks & valleys in his matches right now but he and the coaches can iron it out. After all, isn't this his first full year on tour? At his age, I was having issues just getting to classes on my college campus.
 

Walenty

Professional
Cilic & Delpo are virtual contemporaries of Dog, born within two or three months of each other. Nishi is only a year younger. None are "brand spanking new" to the pro game. Of the three younger players mentioned, I think Tomic has the bigger upside. He had great results for a teenager this year and can only get better as his body (and mind) matures. Majors are possible from this young Aussie.
Fair enough, I was generalizing.

I would agree. I think Tomic has all the tools, but IMO I have seen him quit - mentally that is. I know he is young and that is fixable, but that is something I don`t like to see.
That could end up being the key, good point. I've always liked the demeanor of Raonic and Nishikori, very calm and collected. Harrison loses it sometimes but at least he's a fighter.
 

AM95

Hall of Fame
by pure talent, i'd say dimitrov.

by results, tomic. but thats only because tomic has a height advantage and thus can generate more power. nothing about tomic's game impresses me. his movement makes watching him play a nightmare.
 

Tammo

Banned
All of them are extremely except Dog is slightly ahead, and Nish is slightlt behind. The other 4 are very close in terms of talent, but IMO Tomic is the front runner, after his Wimbledon run.
 
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NadalAgassi

Guest
Donald Young, Jack Sock, and Ricardas Berankis should be included in the poll.
 

ben123

Professional
dolgo will be 23 in november..

so delpo and cilic are 2month older than him so i guess they should be on the list too lol
 
None.

The 1993-1994 generation is very good, expect some of those guys to make a step foreward in 3-4 years.

Til then, more of Nadal and Djokovic.
 
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NadalAgassi

Guest
dolgo will be 23 in november..

so delpo and cilic are 2month older than him so i guess they should be on the list too lol
There has to be a cut off point somewhere. Anyway Dolgo is far newer than Del Potro and Cilic.
 

Bjorn99

Hall of Fame
I don't think any of them are going to make us forget the present top four. All have serious deficiencies. Raonic may be finished to some extent because of deciding to go under the knife. Most hip surgeries result in the hip never feeling the same again.

I would have said Raonic, but after hip surgery, well, no athlete has ever looked the same after that.
 
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