Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One of the best top tens in years?

Over the weekend, Kei Nishikori won his first title of the year in what's essentially become his home court, Memphis. Stan Wawrinka took home his second trophy of the season after winning Rotterdam.

Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych, a fellow member of the top 10, who has been having a very solid season as well.

This has got me wondering: Is this one of the best top tens in men's tennis in years?

You know Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are going to get theirs--and have been doing so for years.

What makes things different nowadays is that the other guys are showing such a high level of mental toughness. Nishikori fought all the way through that Memphis draw. Wawrinka bounced back nicely after failing to defend his Australian Open title. Berdych's consistency has been at a high level all season. And you can't overlook Milos Raonic and David Ferrer: at opposite ends point-in-their-career-wise, but both eager for continues improvement.

The jury's still out on Marin Cilic, who's been battling injury all year. Whenever he does return, he'll have a big battle ahead of him to maintain his spot among the above-mentioned players, who all appear eager for any challenge.

(Photo: The Associated Press)

1 comment:

Alex Van Cott said...

It is very safe to say that this is the best Top-10 I have seen in my lifetime. The competitiveness between all 10 guys doesn't match any previous Top-10 I can recall. Once it gets down to the last 16 of a grand slam, it really is anyone's tournament to win. We all saw that at the U.S. Open last year, when Cilic won the whole thing. Tennis is as wide open as it has been in a long time.