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Elite Men’s Tennis Contenders For 2010

By Louis Manari

Another new season of tennis is upon us as the Aussie Open is underway. The women’s side of tennis is certainly interesting with Justine Henin back, but this article will focus on the men’s tour.

Gone are the days of Federer and Nadal dominating every tournament. There are some other players on the tour with legitimate chances every time a tournament begins.

Though Federer and Nadal occupy the top two spots in the world, there are a few players who could end up the year ranked at number one. Let’s take a look at the most likely finishers now.

Obviously, there’s Roger Federer. He should always be considered the favorite to finish at the top of the rankings, as he’s done so nearly every year during the course of the last decade. Still, his age of 29 means he’s getting up there in years.

Last year, Federer’s dominance was threatened by Rafael Nadal, who legitimately owned the Swiss legend in their head to head matchups. Having beaten him in the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon the prior year, Nadal looked to be the likely heir to the throne. Still, he has injury issues that tend to get in the way.

On the rise is the young 20 year old Juan Martin Del Potro, whose incredible win at the US Open shocked many tennis fans. To knowledgeable ones, the Argentine’s emergence wasn’t such a surprise. The kid is incredibly talented and has what it takes to capture the world’s top ranking this year.

While Federer, Nadal, and Del Potro are the most likely contenders, there are two more who shouldn’t be overlooked.

One is Novak Djokovic, who seems to be playing some great tennis after a brief lull last year. He’s won a grand slam before and there’s no reason to believe that he can’t win some more. Since he’s ranked third in the world right now, a close eye should be kept on him.

Then, there’s Andy Murray. At 22 years old, this British talent is on the rise and peaked as high as number two last year. With some big wins in 2010, he could be this year’s dark horse.

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