The last 3 years have had many new players break into the top 10 rankings in Men’s tennis. Conversely many players who have been regular top 10 features during most of the decade lost their ranking and would now aim to get back to the top 10 world rankings in season 2020. We look at 5 such players who can return to the top 10 in the next ATP season.
Raonic has been the flag bearer for Canadian tennis in last 10 years. A former finalist at Wimbledon and semi-finalist at the Australian Open, he rose to a career high ranking of World Number 3 in November 2016.
Frequent injuries resulted in him being away from the game as well as loss of form taking the Canadian out of top 30. Raonic currently stands at World Number 31 and with some encouraging signs in 2019 would now be hoping to return to ATP top 10 in 2020.
Cilic has been one of the only two Croatian players ever to lift a Grand Slam. He did so by winning the US Open 2019. In 2017 Cilic reached the final of Wimbledon and then again reached the Australian Open final in 2018. This powered his ranking to a career high World Number 3.
However since the Australian Open 2018 Cilic has struggled with his form. Early exits in most tournaments meant that the Croat now stands at World Number 39. He would also be looking to bounce back to the ATP top 10 in the year 2020.
Dimitrov finished the year 2017 at World Number 3 having won the Cincinnati Masters and the ATP season finale that year. However 2018 and 2019 have not been best of the seasons for the handsome Bulgarian. Shoulder injuries and struggle with form ever resulted in him dropping out of the top 50.
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Dimitrov however showed good signs of recovering form in later part of 2019 by reaching the US Open semis. He currently stands at number 20 in the World ranking and would aim to regain his place in the ATP top 10 in 2020.
The Swiss sensation has won 3 Grand Slams in his great career. He had reached the highest ranking of World Number 3 in his career. However Stan who was a regular top 10 player for almost a decade suffered loss of ranking even taking him outside the top 100 in last couple of years.
This was primarily due to his constant injuries in knees, back and elbow. Stan now seems to be healthy and is reaching finals of many tournaments as well as the later stages of Grand Slams. Currently the Swiss stands at World Number 16 and would aim to return to the ATP top 10 in 2020.
The year 2016 was the best ever in Andy Murray’s illustrious career. The Brit reached the World Number first time that year and also finished the year as World Number 1. Murray won his 2nd Wimbledon title also that year. However since 2017 Andy has faced constant career downhill. He faced a career threatening hip injury and also announced his retirement from tennis in 2019 Australian Open.
Murray however undertook the hip surgery and slowly came back to the court 1st to play doubles and then some singles matches. Andy who went outside the top 300 ranking in the world has now finished the year 2019 as World Number 125. Murray won the European Open in October 2019, his 1st title in 2 years.
With signs of encouragement he would also be hoping to return to ATP top 10 in 2020. However his early hopes received a minor setback as a pelvic injury prevented him from participating in the 2019 Davis Cup and now has forced him to sit out of the Australian Open 2020.