My favourite fames for watching on TV is rugby, cricket and tennis. Fact is that for many years I would rarely miss tennis finals in which Federer, Nadal and Djokovic played and after bneing to Roland Garros years ago when I saw all three playing at the start of their careers as players o forecasted and really thought they would be tennis greats. That really turned out to be the case/
Since then the tennis world was ruled by was ruled by those three players – but I think that their reigns are coming to an end. I saw enough in the last two years to see that especially Federer and Djokovic are definitely not the players they used to be. Nadal on clay is still the best and may last another two years or so – but then he will also become seriously threatened by the youngsters coming through.
So who are those new players coming through? When I was in Russia I was amazed to see how many people were carrying tennis rackets and believe that it is still the case. So no wonder most of the promising youngsters are Russians – and even though Sverev plays for Germany – he is factually also from Russian descent.
However. The most promising and best talent I have seen this year is Andrey Rublev. He has won five tournaments this year and it would be interesting to see how he performs in the end of year tournament of the 8 top ranked players in the world. Rublev will be playing there and he really is a ruthless and amazing player. I think he would be in another year to 18 months the number 1 ranked player in the world.
By the way the way I am starting to watch finals involving Rublev and the latest one was the one in Vienna. Djokovic was the number 1 ranked player in that tournament, but went out in the quarterfinal being beaten 6-2 and 6-1 by a qualifier – Sonego. Instead of Rublev playing Djokovic in the final he came up against Sonego and beat him convincingly.
My question to you is – have you seen Rudlev playing? Great entertainment - watch out for him in future,