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Who will be world No.1 in the next few years?

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I thought it might be worth getting people's opinions on this after coming across this video -


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Great post, Aileen, thanks!  It just depends how they channel their talent, how hard they work, and the resulting consistency.   Not Nshikori for me, nor Raonic.  Either of the other two young guys could be amazing.  Let's see!  
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Bless  wub don't care, just to see Aileen and Elly (the hidden one ) getting on is enough for me. cmon yeah
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Bless  wub don't care, just to see Aileen and Elly (the hidden one ) getting on is enough for me. cmon yeah
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Great post, Aileen, thanks!  It just depends how they channel their talent, how hard they work, and the resulting consistency.   Not Nshikori for me, nor Raonic.  Either of the other two young guys could be amazing.  Let's see! 
I agree about the first bit, because getting to #1 requires a good deal of hard work, commitment and sacrifice as well as talent.  Even Kyrgios could be in the running if he manages to get his act together.  I think Raonic has the potential to win a Slam, as does Nishikori, in the next couple of years, and there's no doubt that they're both hard workers, but really, apart from his powerful serve, I still think that Raonic's game is a bit limited and nor do I think that he has the natural talent to get him there.  Nishikori does seem to have the talent and his dogged determination isn't in doubt, but his stamina is a bit questionable, not helped by the fact that he's so injury prone.
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Probably Murray or Djokovic, they are well ahead of anyone else.

I see Djokovic regaining his passion, broken rackets, whining, temper tantrums...  all marks of a person who is pushing himself.

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Probably Murray or Djokovic, they are well ahead of anyone else.

I see Djokovic regaining his passion, broken rackets, whining, temper tantrums...  all marks of a person who is pushing himself.


  Or losing it big time.
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Nick Kyrgios has a good chance of becoming number 1 in a few years - and Kyle Edmund too ??? !
Zverev as well I think.
But I can't remember any of the other players who are playing today. confused
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Kyrgios is a serious waste of a talent. Great player but he has major attitude problems and I don't think he has the desire, work ethic or genuine love of the game to ever get to number 1. He always looks to me as if he would rather be anywhere other than a tennis court. Thiem and Zverev probably have the best chance of claiming number 1 when the big 4 retire. Next in line I would give to Dimitrov who I rate highly but still question his temperament and decision making in the big moments. Nishikori the clock is ticking and time is nearly running out. His serve lets him down and he suffers as a result of that as he gets very few cheap points and then has to get involved in too many 5 set slug fests which ruin his chances of winning in the latter stages of a Slam and lead to injury lay offs.
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I've just had a look at this thread because I think I've changed my mind since I last wrote here.
I really think I was over-optimistic about Kyle Edmund, I don't now think he'll ever be World No. 1.  Kyrgios is very doubtful too, just because I like him doesn't mean he'll reach No. 1 - a player can't achieve No 1 just because someone likes him -
I now think Denis Shap has a very good chance - but not just yet.  I think 2019 will be a good year for him.
I don't think Raonic will ever be there, Wawrinka has had his chances - I suppose you never know, but he'll have to do very well in 2018 ..
I don't think Grigor will do it, he's nice to look at, but still!
So having written all this - I now have no real idea who will be world No. 1 in the next few years, but I'll keep thinking about this ....
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^ I'm about 99.9% that in about two years time one of the current NextGen will become #1, possibly young Zverev.  As for what happens in between we'll just have to wait and see how things pan out next year and the year after with the older players, particularly as regards Andy and Novak, given that a lot depends on how they'll perform next year after such a long time out.  I think Andy will be fine motivation wise, but I'm not so sure about Novak.
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I'd love it to be Thiem, but I can't see it.

I agree Sascha Zverev will probably do it, and Denis Shapovalov too. But not until 2020, and possibly later than that for Shapo.

I also think Andy will have a longer stint, probably boxing and coxing with Nadal during 2019/2020.
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Re:  the Top 4 - I think Novak has "had his day", that Rafa might be No. 1 for a few weeks and then swap places with Federer.  Andy is very good of course, but to get back to No. 1 will be very hard, but as ATS says Andy will probably play for a lot longer.  Wawrinka is another thought I suppose - and what about Del Potro - he's doing well?
& then as Aileen says it's up to the Next Gen - it's quite exciting really?!
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I'm surprised at how many people are writing Novak off.
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I'm surprised at how many people are writing Novak off.
Me too.  I'm not sure he's done quite yet. 
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