From Rafael Nadal to Novak Djokovic: 6 male tennis players to watch out in 2021
The 2021 season of tennis is all set to become one of the historic ones in the sport's history, especially in terms of men's tennis. With numerous record-breaking performances, we can look forward to some of the best tennis players this season, alongside some glorious rise.
As the new year, 2021, has kicked in, the sport of tennis gears up for a historic season. From record-breaking performance to glorious rise in career, we can expect it all.
Furthermore, with an influx of some top tennis players over the past few years, 2021 could be highly competitive, especially in the men's circuits. On the same note, we take a look at the men to look forward to this year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: The Greek has been sensational since 2019. While he has five titles in his career so far, it includes the most prestigious one, in the form of the ATP Finals, he won in 2019. Although tournament cancellations marred 2020, he still managed to possess a win percentage of 67, one better than 2019. Least to say, 2021 could be even better, having already reached the Australian Open and French Open semis in the past.
Daniil Medvedev: The Russian is currently ranked fourth in the ATP Rankings. He has been on the rise since 2019, finishing as the US Open runner-up the same year, while he managed to reach the semis last year. Both the years, he finished with a win percentage of 74 and has bettered the ranking each year. What say, can he make it even better this year? We certainly feel so.
Dominic Thiem: Undoubtedly, a future star in the making, as the Austrian is one of the most promising leads to have ever come up, recently. After winning the Indian Wells Masters in 2019, his career has been on an upward spiral. He continued with the same momentum in 2020 and even won the US Open. He betters his ranking with each passing year and is a firm favourite to win a Grand Slam or two this year, especially the AO and US.
Rafael Nadal: The Spaniard hardly needs any introduction. Although he has been highly efficient on clay, he still happens to be a legend, as he outplayed world number one, Novak Djokovic in the French Open final last year to win the record 20th Slam. Unquestionably, he is the heavy favourite to retain the title again this year, that would take him past Roger Federer's record. The question is, will the world number two be able to deliver in the other surfaces?
Novak Djokovic: Lastly, it has to be the reigning numero uno from Serbia. Djokovic has been in deadly form for the past few years. However, following his final loss to Rafa at Roland Garros, he seems to have lost touch and failed in the following tournaments on low notes. While a new calendar gives him a fresh opportunity, it would only be a matter of time before The Serbian is back to his lethal form, and it all starts with AO, where he is the record holder.
Roger Federer: Probably the Greatest of All-Time, Federer deserves to be listed. The Swiss great has been out of action for almost a year now, recovering from knee surgery. While he would miss the initial phase of 2021, he would be back for the latter half. Although he can continue playing with the same intensity would be a million-dollar question, fans would love to see him grab one last Slam hurrah before he decides to possibly hang-up his boots next year.