With the summer approaching and tournaments like the French Open and Wimbledon on the horizon, the question of which Men’s Singles tennis player will rise to the occasion remains wide open. While a crop of big 4 stars dominated tennis Grand Slams in recent years, a new crop of players and key struggles to the game’s best competitors means that 2014 will certainly be an interesting year for the sport!
The top ranked pair of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are certainly facing some tough adversity right now. Djokovic suffered a wrist injury that while not too serious, could certainly knock the superstar off of his path to continued ATP tournament victories. He did win recent events like the Sony Open and the BNP Paribas Open, but this new development could hamper him.
Meanwhile Nadal has suffered several recent early exits at major tournaments. His recent quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters on his favored clay surface was both unfortunate and surprising. Will he be able to turn it up come the French Open?
Roger Federer seems to be on a strong surge despite his continuing aging woes. He won the Dubai Masters and has reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open and the Monte Carlo Masters. His veteran smarts and calm nature leads me to think he could persevere when the pressures of big tournaments build.
But the newcomer on everyone’s minds is Stanislas Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion and recent victor in Monaco. In his late 20’s, this star has finally emerged and he could become a major player this summer. Additionally, guys like Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, and Juan Del Potro all could get hot and threaten to win a Grand Slam as well. With so many contenders at every tournament, the ATP tour will certainly be special to watch during 2014!
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